Gabriel Jesus, a Manchester City striker, has been linked with a transfer to Arsenal, and when asked about the latest reports, he responded.
On Saturday afternoon, Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus became the first player to score four goals in a Premier League encounter since September 2020.
City’s Brazilian striker scored four goals in a 5-1 win over Watford at the Etihad Stadium, putting Pep Guardiola’s side one step closer to capturing their fourth title in five years, with Rodri scoring the other goal set up by Jesus.
Despite the fact that the 25-year-old has only started 17 times in England’s top division this season, the Athletic stated that Arsenal were contemplating a bid to sign Jesus from City in order to strengthen their front line for the 2022/23 season.
Arteta is rumored to be interested in signing a new forward, central midfielder, and winger, with names like Tammy Abraham, Jesus, Darwin Nunez, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and Alexander Isak being mentioned.
However, according to Brazilian writer Jorge Nicola, Arsenal is in ‘advanced discussions’ for Jesus, despite the fact that a transfer cost has not to be agreed upon with City.
The 25-year-old has made 24 Premier League appearances this season, assisting nine times and scored seven times.
His contract expires next summer. He scored four goals in City’s 5-1 triumph over Watford at home over the weekend.
Jesus, who joined City from Brazilian side Palmeiras in 2017, is thought to be interested in leaving the current Premier League winners, with his representation having held negotiations with Edu in recent months.
Following a man of the match performance against the Hornets, Jesus was asked about recent links with a prospective transfer to the Emirates Stadium.
The City attacker stated it was not the right time to discuss it after such a fantastic performance at home.
“I don’t have time to think about it,” Jesus responded. You’re probably expecting me to say something like this, and you’re right.
There’s no time to think about it; this is the most wonderful time of the year.
All I want to do is have a good time and concentrate on my teammates in order to win the Premier League.
I’ve previously won three times with my teammates, so I’m familiar with the feeling and want to repeat it.
We have a challenging encounter on Tuesday against Real Madrid, a formidable opponent.
According to the player, that’s where his efforts are focused right now.
Jesus’ performance on Saturday earned him five of his 15 direct goal contributions (goals and assists) in the Premier League so far this season.
On the season, Jesus has seven goals and eight assists.
Only Bukayo Saka (11 goals, five assists) has made more direct goal contributions than an Arsenal player in England’s top flight this season.
On the other hand, Saka has 1,046 more minutes in the league than Jesus.
The Brazilian’s seven Premier League goals are the joint-lowest total in his English career, having scored seven in each of the previous two seasons (2016/17 and 2018/19).
However, he only started eight times in the second and only made ten appearances in the first.
Since joining City for £27 million in January 2017, Jesus has scored 93 goals in 230 games in all competitions.
In 155 Premier League appearances, the attacker has 57 goals and averages a goal every 157 minutes.
In terms of best return rate based on minutes played in the competition, Jesus’ goals per minute ratio would place him 16th among Premier League players.
Sergio Aguero, a former City teammate who joined Barcelona earlier this season and has since retired, scored once every 108 minutes in the Premier League.