Chelsea and Liverpool should ‘jump at chance’ to sign Gabriel Jesus from Arsenal, says Glen Johnson

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Chelsea and Liverpool should ‘jump at the chance’ to sign Gabriel Jesus if Arsenal make the striker available this summer, according to Glen Johnson.

It was reported earlier in the month that Arsenal were prepared to listen to offers for the Brazil international, who has endured a frustrating season for Premier League leaders Arsenal.

Jesus has contributed just eight goals this term and been displaced by Kai Havertz, who has regularly been used as a false nine by Gunners boss Mikel Arteta.

Much was expected of Jesus following his £45m move from Manchester City in 2022 but the 27-year-old has struggled for form and fitness in north London.

Despite his underwhelming stint at Arsenal, ex-Premier League defender Johnson would be surprised if he was put up for sale this summer – but insists he would be a great signing for two of his former clubs.

Chelsea will be in the market for a new striker this summer following Nicolas Jackson’s inconsistent first season at Stamford Bridge, while Liverpool could look to bolster their attacking options ahead of the arrival of new manager Arne Slot.

Asked if Chelsea and Liverpool should make moves for Jesus if he becomes available, Johnson told Betfred: ‘Yes, definitely.

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‘I would be surprised if Arsenal do actually want to sell him because I think that would be crazy. If he does become available, either Chelsea or Liverpool should bite their arm off.

‘He’s not going to get you 25-goals-a-season, but he’s going to be a big part of the team and he works his socks off. In front of goal, he’s going to score a lot of goals at a club like that where he’ll get a lot of opportunities.

‘If Arsenal do let him go, then Chelsea and Liverpool should absolutely jump at the chance.’

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While Jesus may be frustrated at Arsenal given his lack of form and game-time, Arteta has refuted claims he could be sold in the summer transfer window.

Asked at a pre-match press conference earlier in the month if the reports about Arsenal potentially selling Jesus were accurate, Arteta shook his head and replied: ‘I don’t know where this is coming from.’

Probed further on whether he has any intention of letting Jesus leave this summer, Arteta said: ‘No. no.’

Before joining Arsenal almost two years ago, Jesus enjoyed five successful years at Manchester City, scoring 95 goals and helping the Sky Blues win four Premier League titles.

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