FINALLY: Mikel Arteta responds to Gabriel Jesus transfer claims as Arsenal stance clear

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta makes his stance clear in response to transfer rumors involving striker Gabriel Jesus. Jesus has recently been connected to a move away from the team.

Mikel Arteta responds to Gabriel Jesus transfer claims as Arsenal stance clear

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has responded to Gabriel Jesus transfer rumours (Image: 2024 The Arsenal Football Club Plc)

Gabriel Jesus, an attacker for Arsenal, is not going to be sold this summer, according to Mikel Arteta.

According to recent reports, the Gunners will evaluate bids for the Brazilian during the transfer window, allowing the team to reallocate funds to a new player for this role.

Jesus had a fantastic start to his Emirates Stadium career last year, scoring four goals in his first eight Premier League games. However, a knee injury would keep the forward out of action from December until Match, during which Arteta’s team made a strong run for the championship. This season, a similar situation has occurred, with Kai Havertz and Leandro Trossard being able to take advantage of first-team opportunities while Jesus continues to struggle with injuries.

Having signed from Manchester City in 2022, the 27-year-old is bound to the team until 2027, so if Arsenal decides to cash in, they will be able to recoup a reasonable amount.

But Arteta made it clear to reporters on Friday afternoon that there are no plans to split ways with the former Manchester City player, saying, “I don’t know where this is coming from.” No, I don’t plan to let him go.”

It remains to be seen if this turns out to be the case, as a report from today claims that Arteta has Alexander Isak as its top target for the upcoming summer.

Isak is predicted to cost more than £90 million; if the Swedish player keeps up his recent excellent goal-scoring streak, that amount could increase. Only Cole Palmer and Erling Haaland have scored more goals in the Premier League this season than the Newcastle forward.

Ivan Toney and Viktor Gyokeres are two other names that have been floated as potential targets. During the January transfer window, Toney became a target for the club and is probably the least expensive of the three options. While the Bees try to cash in on the 28-year-old while he still has one year left on his contract, Brentford manager Thomas Frank has acknowledged that his star striker is almost certainly going to leave this summer.

Gyokeres, who left Coventry City to join Sporting in the summer, has had an incredible first season in Portugal. With his current employers, he is expected to win the league title. Later this month, he will play Porto in the Taca de Portugal final. The former Brighton & Hove Albion striker has amassed 40 goals and provided 15 assists during his career.

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