A date has not been set yet, but Romano can confirm that an announcement is imminent.
After the departures of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Alexandre Lacazette it was vital for Mikel Arteta’s attack to be rebuilt. This signing will certainly ease the fans’ concerns about the new season.
The north London giants made a statement by bringing in a major name like this, and Romano shared his insight with CaughtOffside about how they persuaded the player, even without the lures of Champions League football. Romano’s latest column will be published in its entirety later today. The documents have been signed, although I don’t know the exact date.
“Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal were both interested in Gabriel. They had many contacts with his agent, but he wasn’t a priority target. Arsenal wanted him to be the star of the project, and this made a difference. This was in addition to the contacts with Edu Gaspar (Brazilian director) and Mikel Arteta (Mikel Arteta), who insisted a lot.
“Certainly, the lack of Champions League is an issue, but Arsenal had an ambitious future project, so they convinced Gabriel Jesus quick.”
The Gooners will be delighted by this news, and eager to see Jesus confirmed by their club. But will this have the desired effect and help this team make it into the top four?
Can Gabriel Jesus transfer fire Arsenal into the top four?
This is a different challenge for Jesus after five-and-a-half seasons at Man City. Now, the 25 year-old will be a part of a team that’s built around him and not a player in a team who dominate most matches.
He would have found it easier to move to Chelsea, where he wouldn’t have the same expectations from Spurs because he plays up front with Harry Kane, Son Heungmin, and Son Heung-min.
This signing on its own is unlikely to be enough, especially considering Nicolas Pepe’s recent poor form. Emile Smith Rowe was also a bit off the boil at the end of last year.
Arsenal will likely need another top signing in their attack. Gunners fans should keep an eye on Romano’s CaughtOffside column for Raphinha’s latest news.
Arsenal probably still need another top signing in attack, so Gunners fans would do well to keep their eyes peeled for an update on Raphinha in the rest of Romano’s CaughtOffside column later today.