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How Arsenal could line up with Gabriel Jesus

Arsenal are on the verge of signing Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City.

The Gunners have agreed to sign the Brazil forward in a deal worth £45m, reuniting him with Mikel Arteta.

With Jesus added much needed quality, depth and versatility to Arsenal’s forward line, how could they line up? Here are some of their options…

It is widely expected that Jesus is being signed as a direct replacement for club captain Alexandre Lacazette, who has returned to Lyon following the expiration of his contract.

Arsenal’s 2021/22 campaign was hampered by the lack of even a half-decent centre forward. Jesus didn’t necessarily set the world alight as City’s number nine but at least he scored goals, got in good positions and has decent physical attributes.

If he plays through the middle at Arsenal, then the question will be which combination of wide players will support him. Bukayo Saka is a nailed on starter but the other spot will be up for grabs, with Gabriel Martinelli, Emile Smith Rowe and Fabio Vieira all in with a decent shout – that’s before you even think about the potential signing of Raphinha.

Potential lineups:

Saka (RW) – Jesus (CF) – Martinelli (LW)

Saka (RW) – Jesus (CF) – Smith Rowe (LW)

Vieira (RW) – Jesus (CF) – Martinelli (LW)

Vieira (RW) – Jesus (CF) – Smith Rowe (LW)

Vieira (RW) – Jesus (CF) – Saka (LW)

Listen now to 90min’s Talking Transfers podcast, with Scott SaundersGraeme BaileyHarry Symeou & Toby Cudworth. On the latest show they discuss Newcastle’s decision to pull out of a deal for Hugo Ekitike and offer the latest on Arsenal’s pursuit of Gabriel Jesus. Available on all audio platforms and the 90min YouTube channel.

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While Arsenal probably have their sights set on using Jesus up front, it should be noted that he spent much of last season playing from the wing.

It was a point brought back to the fore by South American football expert Tim Vickery during a recent appearance on Sky Sports News – Jesus has previously asked to play out wide as opposed to up top and the Gunners should be wary of this.

If Jesus starts from the flank as he often did for City last year, then it would require either he or Saka to play from the left instead, with Eddie Nketiah or Gabriel Martinelli as the number nine instead.

Potential lineups:

Jesus (RW) – Nketiah (CF) – Saka (LW)

Jesus (RW) – Martinelli (CF) – Saka (LW)

Jesus (RW) – Nketiah (CF) – Martinelli (LW)

Jesus (RW) – Nketiah (CF) – Smith Rowe (LW)

Jesus (RW) – Martinelli (CF) – Smith Rowe (LW)

Saka (RW) – Nketiah (CF) – Jesus (LW)

Saka (RW) – Martinelli (CF) – Jesus (LW)


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