Arsenal could finally be making headway in their pursuit of a forward in the upcoming summer window with reports suggesting that they are closing on Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus.
Jesus is widely expected to leave City this summer after failing to truly nail down a spot at the Etihad where he is viewed as a key piece of the front three, and that status is not set to change as Pep Guardiola’s outfit close on a deal for Borussia Dortmund starlet Erling Haaland.
A move to Arsenal would make quite a bit of sense for both club and player on the surface at the very least, with Mikel Arteta's Gunners in desperate need of attacking reinforcements this summer.
Both Alexandre Lacazette and Hale End academy graduate Eddie Nketiah are expected to depart the club come the end of the season, leaving the north London giants without a single senior center-forward apart from the returning Folarin Balogun.
But the way Arsenal are set up at a tactical level could certainly help Jesus settle in to life at the Emirates if a movie is finalized, in an attacking system that can draw parallels with what Guardiola has built at City.
Arteta has also directly worked with Jesus, who arrived at City back in January of 2017 while the current Arsenal boss was an assistant under Guardiola, and could certainly count on the Brazilian's tactical versatility to fill a number of needs that the Gunners are sure to have given the likelihood of them securing European football next season.
The loss of two center forwards in the summer, as well as the possibility that Ivorian star Nicolas Pépé could also head for the exit door, means that a deal for Jesus could be a smart piece of business given the player's capability to slot into a number 9 role as well as on the right-wing and as a second-striker.
A successful move for him, in conjunction with perhaps another center-forward to officially lead the line, would tackle both issues regarding quality and depth that the club must prioritize in the summer. Though Nicola is not viewed as entirely reliable, this is still a potential move worth watching.