It’s that time of the year where fan theories regarding potential summer transfers run wild and not many are better at it than Arsenal supporters.
Despite the summer window not officially opening for another couple of days, numerous players have been tipped to join the Gunners. Perhaps none more so than Gabriel Jesus, who is Mikel Arteta’s first-choice target to replace the outgoing Alexandre Lacazette in attack.
Because the striker is currently away on international duty with Brazil until Saturday at the latest, it may take a while for Arsenal to push through a transfer – although they can register the 25-year-old from Friday June 10 as that’s the date from when deals between Premier League and Scottish clubs can be completed.
However, there’s an interesting theory amongst some Gunners fans on Reddit that Gabriel Jesus’ move is close to completion after hilariously getting rather carried away with a post on Eddie Nketiah’s Instagram Story where the striker acknowledged the achievement of a close friend.
Over the weekend, Tristian Abrahams was in the Grimsby Town side that clinched promotion to League Two after beating Solihull Moors in the National League Play-off final and Nketiah congratulated his friend by reposting an image from the post-match celebrations.
But because the message ‘Jesus at the centre’ can be seen on Abrahams’s shirt, it has led to a couple of Arsenal supporters to believe that Nketiah is hinting at the signing of Gabriel Jesus and also prompting speculation of a formation change to accommodate the pair in the same starting line-up
Serginiho86 said: “Eddie confirms Jesus signing,” whilst YellowMan1988 claimed Nketiah’s post was a fun way to fan the fire over the rumours to the Manchester City forward: “I’ll take this as the confirmation news because why would he post this otherwise,” the post stated.
Of course, these brilliant theories are almost certainly wide of the mark as Nketiah’s post clearly has no connection to Gabriel Jesus as he was simply congratulating a friend on a huge victory.
Still, it would appear that Arsenal fans are keen for some positive updates regarding the club’s pursuit of the striker and that may come shortly following a hint from Jesus himself that a decision about his future is looming: “I’m looking to see what’s best for me and, above all, for my career,” he said over the weekend. “From Tuesday, we’ll see what is the best.”