Arsenal told to copy Liverpool in search for Gabriel Jesus replacement

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Arsenal have been given two options in the January transfer window to replace Gabriel Jesus after his injury away at the World Cup with Brazil. The timeline of how long the striker faces on the sidelines is yet to be determined, with the forward set to see a specialist in London after leaving the Brazil camp in Qatar, but Mikel Arteta could look to the transfer window to bolster his options.

Eddie Nketiah is the only other recognised senior striker in the squad, and there have been reports that Arsenal are willing to spend in January to reinforce their frontline. Former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan does not believe the Gunners will spend big mid-season, and one option could be a stop-gap.

“The question will be what’s it worth to them,” Jordan told talkSPORT. “I mean do we think they are going to win the league? There’s a possibility. I think still most people will alight upon the fact that it’s Man City but you can’t argue with the fact that Arsenal are top of the league, but we will see.

“We will see the World Cup effects, and if it really is a season of two halves, if it really is a dynamic that is going to be affected by a World Cup. Inevitably if Arteta is being given the juice that he appears to have been given and he wants another player, then he is going to get it.

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“Now what that player looks like, I can’t see Arsenal going into the marketplace and spending £60-80million on a centre-forward in January to fill the gap for a player that could be out for six weeks or whatever period of time we think he is going to be out for, when they come back on Boxing Day.”

Jordan claims that the only way the Arsenal chiefs will sanction a big-money signing will be to bring a deal forward from the summer, similar to how Liverpool signed Luis Diaz from Porto nearly a year ago. “I don’t know how many games they have in January because normally you tend to have that broken up by FA Cup games, so I wouldn’t be surprised either,” Jordan admitted. “I wouldn’t be surprised if they go into the market and invest in something that might look like a loan signing, and might look like a stop-gap.

“Or if Arteta can convince them that there’s a player, very much like Liverpool did last January when they took Diaz that they were going to take in the summer, then Tottenham went in and Liverpool brought that forward.

“If they have got a player in mind for the following summer, maybe Arteta will be able to convince them it’s the moment in time, pull the finances forward from next summer to January and we can keep the momentum going.”

Arteta and sporting director Edu did meet with owner Stan Kroenke in the USA recently, and one of the topics on their agenda will have been whether there are funds available for another striker after Jesus’ injury.

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