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Gabriel Jesus will answer Mikel Arteta’s key question before Arsenal complete transfer

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As Arsenal close in on a move for Gabriel Jesus, the Brazilian is closer to finally settling the debate on his best position.

When he signed for Manchester City from Palmeiras back in 2017, there was little apparent debate. City were signing a striker – a prolific one, too, with a 20-goal season under his belt at the age of just 19.

There have been plenty of moments in which the argument seemed settled, too. Gabriel Jesus might not have been Pep Guardiola’s first choice – especially when Sergio Aguero was at his best – but he was still unquestionably a number nine.

The most recent season cast some doubt, though. And now, as he prepares to trade the Etihad for the Emirates Stadium in a £45m deal, the 25-year-old will settle matters beyond a shadow of a doubt.

While Gabriel Jesus had found himself forced to move wide in previous seasons, it became more of a concrete role for him at the start of the 2021-22 campaign. At the time, he made the right noises, demonstrating his commitment to the cause, but there’s no need for politeness now.

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“For you guys it might have looked different, but for me no, because I’m playing like a winger in Brazil for the national team for the last two years,” he said in August 2021. “For me to play on the right wing is more normal now. I can help my team with runs in behind, I can help the defenders, that’s all.”

That wasn’t always the case, though. He has had some difficult times as a more orthodox striker at international level – notably drawing a blank at the 2018 World Cup – and a move out wide has allowed him to take stock and enjoy some time out of the firing line while playing himself back into form. He can’t do that forever, though, and now is the time to decide what he will be , separate from what he has been .

In recent seasons, Arsenal found themselves using the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette in wide roles despite the pair being nominally signed as goalscorers.

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While the former has a record of threatening from wide starting spots, it often felt more like a square peg in a round hole as far as Lacazette was concerned.

There will undoubtedly be questions over Eddie Nketiah’s role, with the academy graduate putting pen to paper on a long-term deal and taking Aubameyang’s old number 14 shirt. Nketiah is more of an in-the-box striker, too, so it’s hard to see him being quite as effective from a starting position out wide.

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Still, Arsenal will have more games this term due to their Europa League qualification, and the sight of one established central striker doesn’t mean they won’t use Gabriel Jesus in the same role.

What’s more, it’s not as if Arteta doesn’t know what he’s getting. He worked with the former Palmeiras man when serving as part of Guardiola’s coaching team, and will have seen plenty of what Gabriel Jesus can do.

At 25 years of age, Gabriel Jesus has more top-level experience than a number of other players his age. However, he is no longer just a prospect, and the money Arsenal are preparing to spend speaks to that.

Mikel Arteta needs to be sure of the kind of player he’s going to welcome to north London before getting the deal over the line. Gabriel Jesus surely knows this himself, and now’s the time to make that as clear as possible.

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Report: Chelsea agree personal terms with Inter Milan superstar

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Chelsea look to be closing in on the signing of 19-year-old midfielder Cesare Casadei.

The Blues are reportedly agreeing personal terms with the Inter Milan youngster ahead of what is expected to be a €15m (plus add-ons) transfer. Inter had been looking for around €20m all told.

As per Fabrizio Romano, and others, the highly promising Italy youth international, though who has yet to make his senior professional debut, has agreed a six-year deal with the Blues, choosing Chelsea over the likes of OGC Nice in France and US Sassuolo in Italy.

Presumably, Casadei will not be joining the Chelsea first-team right away, though post-Brexit work permit rules are fairly esoteric and confusing.

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Perhaps he will end up joining one of the aforementioned teams on loan to build up the necessary professional experience? Just speculating…

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While the two teams have yet to agree a transfer, this looks to be drawing to a successful conclusion for us, adding yet another teenager talent to the team as we look to build for not only this season but for many seasons in the future.

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Mikel Arteta drops Youri Tielemans hint as Arsenal can sign ‘more complete’ N’Golo Kante

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Today’s Arsenal transfer round-up on Tuesday, August 16.

Tielemans hint

Mikel Arteta’s increased use of Granit Xhaka could mean that Arsenal are close to giving up on transfer target Youri Tielemans.

The Gunners are still chasing a deal for the Leicester City midfielder but have seen their chances dwindle of doing a deal this summer and now, despite Xhaka previously saying he had come close to leaving, the club could have to do without a new addition.

Xhaka is now part of a new leadership group at the Emirates Stadium, a possible indication that he may remain at the club and throw a move for Tielemans into doubt.

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Kante replacement

With Tielemans becoming less and less attainable this season, Arsenal have reportedly turned their attention elsewhere.

According to the Express, Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo is attracting interest from some of Europe’s top clubs including the Gunners and Manchester United. Having been previously compared with Kante, Arsenal’s desire to sign Caicedo is understandable.

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South American football expert Tim Vickery said, “A year ago he was saying that Kante of Chelsea is his role model but he is already more than that. He already offers more in the final third.”

Yeremi Pino flight explained

Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has cleared the air regarding Yeremi Pino and denies that a bid has been made for him.

Romano told CaughtOffside, “Many clubs have been following Yeremi Pino for months, he is a top player of the future that at least three Premier League clubs have been monitoring for some time.

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“No proposals have been made yet to Villarreal, who would like more than €50m for their young star; it will not be an easy negotiation.

“As for the rumours about Arsenal – Edu was not travelling to Spain to meet Villarreal, also because Pino’s agents are based in the UK (Stellar Group).”

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Erik Ten Hag believes £64,000 a week player will agree to join Man United – Report

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Despite signing two defenders this summer, Manchester United’s backline has been terrible this season and yet another defender is linked with a move to Old Trafford.

Yesterday, we covered a story (via Sport) claiming that the Red Devils have submitted an offer to sign Sergino Dest, who has received a clear message to leave Barcelona.

Today, the Spanish news source have covered another report and stated that the American international has not been able to impress in the last two years, moreover, he failed to convince Xavi in pre-season. Therefore, his exit is considered essential.

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Erik ten Hag wants to get rid of Aaron Wan-Bissaka this summer so that he can complete the signing of Dest, who is valued at 20 million euros.

The Catalan media outlet claim the Dutch manager believes that the 21-year-old Barca defender will agree (say Yes) to join Man United.

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Ten Hag really needs to understand that players from the Netherlands or connections with Ajax are not guaranteed to solve the conundrum at Old Trafford.

Under Van Gaal, Depay and Blind failed to shine for Man United. For Ten Hag, thus far, the likes of Eriksen, Martinez and Malacia have not settled.

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Now, he is pushing to sign another ex Ajax player in the form of Dest. The American was a hit in the Eredivisie but has proved to be average in the La Liga.

The youngster’s current contract at the Nou Camp will expire in 2025 and he earns around £64,000 a week (The Sun).

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