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Gabriel Jesus: The Forward Way, Truth and Arsenal Life

Gabriel Jesus, Man City, UCL 2021-22

Gabriel Jesus celebrating a goal

Gabriel Jesus has been heavily linked with Arsenal all summer long and Arsenal fans remained hopeful that the deal for the Brazilian forward would be sealed on time as he had garnered interest from other clubs like Juventus, Real Madrid and Chelsea. Despite scoring close to a century of goals (95) in Manchester City, winning four Premier League titles, one FA Cup, three Carabao Cups and two FA Community Shields, Gabriel Jesus looked closer to the exit door following the imminent arrivals of Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez this summer.

Even with the interest from other clubs, Gabriel Jesus made it clear that he wanted to work under his former assistant manager, Mikel Arteta, and with Edu showcasing his fledgling Brazilian connections, it was a matter of time for Arsenal fans to get wind of the news they had hoped for all summer. Arsenal has agreed personal terms with Gabriel Jesus and reached a fee with Manchester City to sign the forward on a permanent basis. It is believed that Gabriel Jesus will cost around £45 million, and even though he has only one year left on his contract, it still remains a fantastic piece of business.

At 25, Gabriel Jesus will be the spearhead of an exciting Arsenal attack that has the likes of Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli, Emile Smith Rowe and the new recruit from FC Porto, Fabio Vieira. The Brazilian striker will be backed up by Eddie Nketiah, that recently signed a new deal to extend his stay in the club.

Gabriel Jesus also comes in with a lot of Premier League and international experience, as well as the versatility that Mikel Arteta craves from his players. In his time at Manchester City, Gabriel Jesus could fit anywhere across the forward line, and was used to great effect by Pep Guardiola. He has scored 19 goals in 56 caps for the Selecao, winning the 2019 Copa America.

Gabriel Jesus also arrives at the time the club let go of attacking talents like former captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and the recently departed Alexandre Lacazette, that scored 163 goals in their combined stay in North London. He would know that the fans expect him to hit the ground running almost immediately, and I’m confident that he would get the ammunition he needs from our attacking midfield talent to score the goals that would propel his Arsenal career to the trajectory expected from him. 

Arsenal fans would be patiently waiting for the announcement on the official site, but this will be one of the most decisive signings in Arteta’s tenure at the club – the forward way, truth and Arsenal life.


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Raphinha to Arsenal – Buy or Pass?

Leeds 'expecting approach from Arsenal' for Raphinha as Gunners look to  hijack Barca move

Raphinha against Arsenal last season

Raphinha has been a sensation in Premier League since his big money move from Rennes two seasons ago and his influence increased at the club with the long term injury suffered by their star striker, Patrick Bamford, scoring 11 Premier League goals in 35 appearances.

As expected, Raphinha rose to talismanic status and almost suffered the ignominy of relegation from the League, but the Leeds hierarchy ended the rot with the dismissal of the eccentric Marcelo Bielsa, and hired Jesse Marsch confirmed the club’s Premier League status for an additional season.

With Bukayo Saka playing every game while fit and Nicolas Pepe not showing any consistency or fight to challenge the young Englishman, it is evident that Arsenal would need a new winger, so it was no surprise when Arsenal was heavily linked with a move for Raphinha, even though it has also been reported that Barcelona are planning to sign the winger.

Arsenal has already secured the services of Fabio Vieira and are also linked with a move for Lisandro Martinez, so adding Raphinha to the mix clearly shows Arsenal’s intent to bolster the squad this summer ahead of what would be a grueling Premier League, Europa League and World Cup campaign.

Raphinha will clearly be an upgrade on Pepe and challenge Saka for a first team berth on the right flank, as I will not expect a player of his quality to be content with a place on the bench. In as much as I’d love to have me some of the sambalicious Raphinha goodness, Arsenal, in my honest opinion, hasn’t plugged the vast hole that has been left with the departures of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, so that proposed fee of £60m for Raphinha would be better invested in securing the services of Gabriel Jesus

It also feels like Raphinha’s link with Arsenal is a ploy to get an improved bid from Barcelona, that had their initial bid of £47m rejected by Leeds United. Whatever the case may be, whoever that ends up with Raphinha would have an exceptional footballer on their hands – amazing technique, bags of creativity, lethal from set pieces, decent finishing and an unpredictable opponent to come up against courtesy of his insane dribbling skills. 

So what do you think – buy or pass? See you in the comments.


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Lisandro Martinez – A Dependable Defensive Cover

Ajax make stance clear on Lisandro Martinez as Arsenal hope to pip Man Utd  to £30m deal - Mirror Online

Lisandro Martinez linked with a move to Arsenal

Lisandro Martinez has dominated the back pages with several tabloids circulating the welcome news that Arsenal is close to acquiring his services from Ajax for a reported €35m fee. This comes after Ajax had rejected Arsenal’s initial offer of €30m. The imminent deal for a talented player like Lisandro Martinez is highly welcome, shortly after Arsenal had confirmed a deal for FC Porto’s Fabio Vieira.

The left back position is on that Arsenal has struggled badly with in recent seasons due to the consistent litany of injuries suffered by the crowd favorite, Kieran Tierney. Three seasons ago, he suffered a dislocated shoulder which was no fault of his, but he missed the best part of three to four months. Two seasons ago, his knee injury in the business end of the season had a bigger impact, as Mikel Arteta was forced to play Granit Xhaka as a left back, which proved detrimental to the team’s Europa League campaign, as Arsenal lost to the eventual winners, Villarreal. Last season, Tierney played two pointless friendlies for Scotland in March 2022, got his first international goal, then scans revealed that he had a serious knee injury that required surgery.

In his absence, Arteta tried the Granit Xhaka 2.0 experiment against Brighton, and it backfired woefully, as Xhaka’s replacement in midfield, Albert Sambi Lokonga, struggled like Hell, and when Xhaka returned to his favored midfield position, the eccentric Nuno Taveres got a runout and it all honesty, gave me quite the scare. I read this article at Arseblog about Nuno that is quite enlightening. Worth a punt. 

With Tierney still recuperating from his surgery, Arsenal will need a new left back to start the campaign with, and that’s where a player like Lisandro Martinez comes in handy. Martinez is a very progressive player with 13.43 passes per 90 minutess into the final third in the EreDivisie. He is also very comfortable with the ball at his feet and he’s quite adept in several positions, with the diminutive Argentine eligible to feature as a left back, center back and defensive midfielder. He’s also technically proficient, which will bode well with the kind of football we are accustomed to at Arsenal.

Competition for places are very important, and Lisandro Martinez can challenge both Tierney and Gabriel for their places in the squad. At 24, he is an experienced international with caps for Argentina, as well as an ever-present in domestic football and European football for Ajax Amsterdam.

We will have to monitor the situation closely, as Manchester United are also interested in signing Lisandro Martinez. The Argentine defender was managed by Erik Ten Hag in his three seasons at Ajax Amsterdam, and Martinez was an instrumental player for Ten Hag, so that sentiment can come in handy if Man Utd’s intentions are genuine.

Let’s hope we can get this over the line with such incisiveness as we handled the Fabio Vieira transfer.


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