As Arsenal supporters await confirmation that Gabriel Jesus has become the club’s fourth signing of the summer transfer window, it’s worth remembering that he may not be the only player officially registered by the club today (July 1).
Whilst the transfer window reopened on Friday, June 10, the Gunners have only been able to officially register any signings they made from English and Scottish teams as they’ve had to wait until the opening of the international transfer window to register their three new signings.
Therefore as Marquinhos, Fabio Vieira and Matt Turner have been signed from Sao Paulo, Porto and New England Revolution respectively – teams not in England or Scotland – it means today (July 1) is officially the day where the trio have officially been registered as Arsenal players.
With that said, Gabriel Jesus should be next. After a few weeks of hints, speculation, superb supporter theories and Thursday’s sighting of the striker in the Gunners no.9 shirt at the Emirates Stadium, all that remains is the official confirmation that Mikel Arteta has landed his first-choice centre-forward target ahead of the new season.
And there are encouraging signs it will happen at some point today as the Arsenal Twitter account has teased an announcement by removing their pinned tweet and posting about the signing of Lukas Podolski- a former incumbent of the no.9 shirt – on this very day a decade ago.
The arrival of Gabriel Jesus bolsters the Gunners’ options in attack and his ability to play across the front three can create a scenario where he and Eddie Nketiah, who has recently signed a new contract, to start together in the same side. However, amid links to another winger, it would appear that the 25-year-old will predominantly be used as a centre-forward next season.
Furthermore, it’s clear what he must do to fulfill Arteta’s idea of the perfect striker: “He puts the ball in the net, that’s priority number one,” the Spaniard said when asked to define the dream number nine in his system. “Goal threat. Any successful team needs enough goal threat in the squad.
“Without it, you have nothing. You can play good football, but you need enough goal threat in the team. The other thing is that he has to complement the other people we have, personally and on the pitch, and for that, we need the right profile.
“We need a profile where you can exploit his qualities at the same time as the qualities we already have, so we don’t have to transform our way of playing again to adapt to that specific player. He has to have a certain age, a certain level of experience, and he has to be able to come here and play under the pressure of being at Arsenal.”