Arsenal have plunged into the market with a big name signing and one that could help fire them into the top four after struggling to finish strong and secure that valuable Champions League place.
The signing of Gabriel Jesus was announced on Monday as he finally agreed to sign for the London club following an agreement between Manchester City and Arsenal. So the question remains, will he be a success for the Gunners or will he flop?
Jesus’ time in the Premier League
In 2017, Jesus made the big step up from South American football to that of a physical more robust league in England. It was a big move and one that he has taken really well. In this modern age of social media, it is easy to make a player look different to how they actually play and Jesus is certainly a victim of this.
However, during his time in the Premier League he has four winners medals and has played a role in all those title winning seasons.
Replacing Sergio Aguero was always going to be difficult for a young man and he did fall victim to Pep Guardiola’s tinkering and rotating so the move to Arsenal at the age of 25 is certainly the right one.
The transfer fee
In today’s market of over inflated prices and £30 million becoming the norm for any first team squad player, £45 million for a talent like Jesus is a fair deal. The Brazilian signed a five year deal so has eyes on staying at Arsenal and believing in manager Mikel Arteta’s philosophy.
Replacing senior strikers
Arteta wants a change in ethos at Arsenal and with some players possibly creating a habit he did not like at the club they have been shown the door and he is not looking back. With senior strikers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette both departing the Emirates this calendar year, Arteta wanted something new up front.
Will he score enough goals?
Jesus, like many strikers, has had to adapt his game and start on the wing but he clearly is a centre forward. Altough maybe not as clinical as other stikers around the world, his pace and versatility is where he will help Arsenal. Players like Emile Smith- Rowe and Martin Odegaard will love playing balls into the channel for him to chase on to.
The Brazilian international can go through some spells where is electric and some where he is really struggling to find the back of the net. To help Arsenal, in a year where they return to European football, Jesus needs to find consistency. Having already found the net 58 times, twice hitting double figures for the season, in the Premier League, he will be hoping to hit the 100 club with Arsenal.
In Europe, he has scored 20 goals in 38 appearances. Betting app offers are currently being used by fans betting on how many goals he will get this season in all competitions.
Success or flop?
Jesus does have it all. He is technically good, he is quick and being the main man at Arsenal will suit him down to the ground. Arsenal have been shrewd and Jesus could be the one to help fire them into the top four and challenge in the Euorpa League this year.
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