October 11, 2022
John Barnes delivers his verdict on who Gabriel Jesus should sign between Arsenal and Spurs

Liverpool legend John Barnes thinks Arsenal will likely be a more attractive destination than Spurs for Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus.

The north London rivals are said to be battling for the signing of the Brazil international, but Barnes believes the Gunners have the advantage as they can guarantee him first-team football:

“Gabriel Jesus could be a good fit for either Tottenham Hotspur or Arsenal. Both have good managers and are good clubs. From a club perspective, Arsenal need a centre-forward more than Spurs when you consider that they still have Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.

“But that’s modern football – back then if a club wanted you, you moved there, there was no bidding like there are now with other clubs. A player went to the club that showed up for him, without a deal being hijacked.

“From Gabriel Jesus’ point of view, he also has to discuss with Kane and Son whether he would play in the same position regularly, which he will not. Arsenal need Jesus more and he will be better suited there.

Reports in Brazil suggest Jesus wants to be a regular starter at club level so he can make his case to start his country’s matches at the World Cup later this year.

As Barnes points out, the 25-year-old may not be keen on dislodging Kane or Son at Spurs, when at Arsenal he would be the undisputed first choice.

With the Gunners reportedly in talks with Jesus and his agent since November, they have also already laid the groundwork for the transfer. The next step will be to reach an agreement with the City on a fee.


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