The key reason Arsenal beat Chelsea and Tottenham to Gabriel Jesus signing before £45m transfer

Arsenal look set to beat rivals Chelsea and Tottenham to the signing of Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus this summer, according to reports. That is despite a fear that the Gunners wouldn’t be able to attract players over their London counterparts in the transfer market.

That is because the side missed out on Champions League football, having to settle for a return to the Europa League. The top European competition would allow for larger income and the idea of attracting high-profile players.

However, that hasn’t been the key factor behind Jesus’ move, who only had one year remaining on his contract at Manchester City. According to Fabrizio Romano, both Mikel Arteta and Edu were driving forces behind the Brazilian’s transfer.

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The 25-year-old fills a void currently left in the Arsenal squad heading into the next campaign. The loss of both Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has left just Eddie Nketiah as the only natural centre-forward option.

While the youngster impressed at the back end of last season, the lack of a consistent goal scorer was a theme that ran throughout. There will be hopes that Jesus can solve that issue, though his versatility allows him to play across the frontline.

It seems clear as though that is what the manager was looking for in the market, especially when he said: “You can play good football, but you need enough goal threat in the team. The other thing is that he has to complement the other people we have, personally and on the pitch. We need the right profile.”

Given his playing style at the Etihad, the 25-year-old seems a fit that’ll work for the style of play. His desire to join Arsenal over the others also indicates his desire going forward.

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