Arsenal’s striking options for the 2022/23 season are now beginning to take shape with Alexandre Lacazette to be released at the end of the month and Eddie Nketiah signing a new contract.
Both decisions have been communicated by the club in the past month and now attentions have turned towards who Gunners manager Mikel Arteta and Technical Director Edu will bring in to replace the Frenchman between now and the closure of the summer transfer window.
The one name doing the rounds is that of Gabriel Jesus with as football.london understands the Brazilian is Arteta’s first-choice option to lead the line for Arsenal next season and reports claim an agreement with Manchester City is expected to be reached in the coming days/weeks.
Should the 25-year-old complete a move, naturally supporters will be looking forward to seeing the striker holding up the Gunners shirt at his unveiling – and potentially with the number 9 on the back given it’s now vacant due to the fact Lacazette is leaving at the end of June.
But as explained by @AlexAFC on Twitter at the beginning of the month, the unveiling of Gabriel Jesus is just as important as the signing – if not more so – with the user recommending a creative way for an announcement video using current Arsenal trio Gabriel Martinelli, Gabriel Magalhaes as well as Eddie Nketiah.
“If the announcement video isn’t Nketiah ringing the phone, saying ‘hello, Gabriel?’ and then Martinelli and Gabriel M. picking the phone up and Eddie saying ‘sorry, wrong Gabriel’ and then ringing Jesus, I’ll be disappointed,” the tweet stated.
It’s safe to assume that Gabriel and Martinelli’s involvement is simply down to the fact they are Brazilian so the opportunity is there to repeat the idea from September 2020 when Willian and David Luiz were involved in the announcement video for the central defender following his move from Lille.
Meanwhile, the reason for the phone-themed announcement video is because Gabriel Jesus and Nketiah both perform the ‘telephone’ goal celebration after finding the back of the net. This was on show numerous times towards the end of last season and would be a creative way to strike up an immediate bond between the two strikers.
Of course, the two celebrations are not exactly linked. For example, Jesus has been celebrating his goals for club and country this way since 2017 and has even revealed the story behind it is that he is pretending to ring his mother. “It was a joke with my friends, a ‘Hello, mother’,” he said, as per the Manchester Evening News. “My friends know why. My mother knows too. It was a celebration for them.”
As for Nketiah, it’s something he started doing long before breaking into the first-team picture at Arsenal and has stuck with him ever since: “It’s just a little phone call! In pre-season Arsenal Media came up with a little thing ‘call me if you need a goal’ so I have kind of just stuck with it,” he told the club’s official website. “A lot of my friends like it so they are eager for me to dial them up if I get on the scoresheet so I try to enjoy each goal, whether that is youth level, in the park, anywhere I always try to celebrate and enjoy it and it is always a blessing to score.”
Over the weekend Arsenal announced that Nketiah had officially signed his new contract, keeping him at the club until 2027 at the very least and in doing so have effectively moved one step closer to making this brilliant transfer video announcement a reality as had the former England U21 international decided to leave when his previous contract expired at the end of June then the Gunners’ video and social media team wouldn’t have been able to use him