Arsenal have been warned they must sign Gabriel Jesus if they harbor hopes of qualifying for the Champions League.
Former Gunners midfielder Paul Merson has sent a stinging warning to Mikel Arteta that Eddie Nketiah is not good enough to lead the club’s top-four quest.
Nketiah has signed a new contract at the Emirates Stadium, but the club remains interested in signing Manchester City ace Jesus.
“Arsenal must get Gabriel Jesus if they are serious about getting back into the top four,” Merson wrote in his Daily Star column.
“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 luck. That’s a fact.
“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 center forward, and let’s be honest if not for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alex Lacazette’s contract situations, he wouldn’t be there.”