English Premier League side, Arsenal, are short of attacking options at the top of the attack. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang left the club for Barcelona in the recent transfer window, leaving the Gunners with Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah to lead the attack. With Lacazette out of contract in the summer, Arsenal will be looking to sign more than one striker in the summer. One of the targets that they have identified is Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus. The Brazilian has struggled to find his place in the starting XI and could be on the move away from Etihad. Arsenal are closely monitoring the situation of the youngster and could face competition from other European clubs.
Gabriel Jesus was a regular starter for Manchester City towards the start of the season. The striker featured as a wide forward towards the right side and led the attack from the centre in some of the games. He has made 20 appearances out of a possible 29, and five of them were off the bench. Jesus has scored two goals, and one of the impressive contributions of the striker this season has been his seven assists.
Jesus featured on the right side for the Manchester club this season. The above viz shows the pass start location as well as the xT timeline of the player. We can observe that Jesus has covered a lot of areas on the field and has helped his side in defending. The highest threat from passes is created by the passes attempted from inside the opposition’s penalty box, especially from the right side. The xT timeline shows that his passes created a lot of threats in the first ten minutes of the matches. His passes included 34 crosses, 15 smart passes, and 13 through passes. The Brazilian has also taken 97 touches inside the opposition’s penalty box.
Gabriel Jesus has struggled to find the back of the net this season. The forward has only registered two goals, and that too at the start of the season. He attempted 41 shots and managed to hit the target on 15 occasions. From the above map, we can observe that Jesus has attempted seven shots from outside the opposition’s penalty box. His two goals have come from inside the opposition’s penalty box, with one of them being from inside the 6-yard box. The overall xG rate of the player was 6.41.
Gabriel Jesus has developed a lot under Pep Guardiola and is rated as one of the best young strikers in the current times. He is unable to find his place in the playing XI but has a lot of potential going forward. The Brazilian is currently playing his sixth season in the English Premier League and could be a great addition to a young Arsenal side. They will look to sign him in the summer.