Arsenal MUST sign Gabriel Jesus or they have NO CHANCE of finishing in the top four, warns Paul Merson – who insists signing the Manchester City forward can ‘transform’ the club
- Arsenal are keen on signing Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus this summer
- Jesus won the Premier League last season but looks set to leave the Etihad soon
- Paul Merson urged Mikel Arteta to sign the ace in order to finish in the top four
- The pundit believes that, without their target, they will fall short again next year
Jesus would offer the side unpredictability in attack as a result of his ability to play anywhere across the frontline, but he may set back his potential suitors £50million.
Arsenal have been warned that they must sign Gabriel Jesus in order to finish in the top four
Paul Merson is adamant that, without their top target, the Gunners will fall short next season
Regardless, Arsenal are expected to push for the top four next campaign, with Merson issuing a stern message that their hopes rest solely on recruiting their target.
He has also suggested that Eddie Nketiah alone cannot fire them to their objectives.
Writing for the Daily Star, he said: ‘Arsenal must get Gabriel Jesus if they are serious about getting back into the top four. They have got to get him. It’s that simple.
‘Everything goes out of the window if they don’t. It doesn’t matter what else they do. All they’ve got right now up front is Eddie Nketiah. And no disrespect but Nketiah won’t get you into the top four. Absolutely no chance. That’s a fact.’
Mikel Arteta and Co are believed to be in the driving seat after Tottenham cooled their interest
Jesus won the Premier League once again with Manchester City, but could leave this summer
He then went on to add: ‘So they need Jesus. They don’t need young players with potential like Fabio Vieira. They need experience. And Jesus has plenty of that.
‘If they don’t get him they are sitting there with one centre forward, and let’s be honest if not for [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang and [Alexandre] Lacazette’s contract situations, he wouldn’t be there.
‘They need to sort the Jesus signing out very quickly. I think he is good enough to transform Arsenal. He doesn’t get the credit he deserves.
‘Yes, he does miss chances but he never goes hiding and he’s a centre forward who is desperate to score goals. He has that hunger and a little bit of a selfish streak and you need that.’