Arsenal news: Gabriel Jesus enjoys ideal debut as Paul Merson names transfer alternative

After the excitement of signing Gabriel Jesus earlier in the week, Arsenal supporters would have been delighted by what they saw from their new No.9 on Friday, as he scored twice in the 5-3 win over Nuremberg.

The Brazilian undoubtedly bolsters an area of weakness in the squad following the departures of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, although manager Mikel Arteta still has areas to improve if the Gunners are to make a serious push for a top-four berth.

Those signings will surely come, although with under four weeks until the team start their Premier League season away at Crystal Palace, there will be an urgency among all those associated with the club to expedite any ongoing negotiations.

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Jesus shines on debut

Arsenal fans were given an insight into what they can expect from new signing Gabriel Jesus on Friday, as the Brazilian came off the bench to score 90 seconds into his debut and then add a clinching goal late on.

Jesus latched onto a through ball and smashed home from a tight angle in the penalty area to get Arsenal back into the match, as they had trailed 2-0 at half time. His strike triggered a scoring spree in the second half and his second goal made it 5-3.

While the match was against modest opposition and extremely early in the pre-season schedule, Arteta would have been delighted with Jesus’ input. Getting him into the squad and playing with his team-mates in the weeks to come will only help the former Manchester City man hit the ground running when the Premier League starts.

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Merson offers midfield solution

Paul Merson believes Arsenal need to add a midfielder to their ranks this summer and has posed a potential alternative to Leicester ‘s Youri Tielemans.

Tielemans has just one year left on his contract and is said to have attracted admiring glances from North London. However, after a flurry of speculation earlier in the summer, links between the Belgium international and the Gunners have settled down.

Merson thinks that if a deal for Tielemans cannot be done, then Arsenal should look to Lazio and their standout midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic instead.

“If Arsenal get either of those two, they have had a major window,” he said. “Now more than ever, Arsenal need a top-class midfielder to compete with the best. And I think Savic is a lovely player. A really top-drawer player.

“I personally think he is the best midfield player in Italy. Why there isn’t a queue of clubs lining up to buy him, I do not know. I think a lot of clubs are missing a trick.”

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Wright reflects on Wenger exit

Former Arsenal forward Ian Wright believes ex-manager Arsene Wenger was let down by the Gunners in the final years of his tenure.

Wenger enjoyed a stellar start to his time in North London and steered the team to three Premier League titles. However, while the Frenchman continued to deliver FA Cups in the latter stages of his spell, Arsenal faded as a force in the race for the biggest prizes.

Reflecting on the toxic concluding days of Wenger’s reign, Wright believes the Frenchman wasn’t given the support he needed. “Wenger is an artist, a manager who would look at you and see something more,” he said. “He steered Arsenal into the 21st century and deserves a lot of credit for turning our club into a great club.

“Toward the end there, through business and whatnot, I feel as if he wasn’t able to do the things he truly wanted to. But it speaks to the quality of his character that he did all he could to keep things around Arsenal as positive as possible. Football needs more men like Arsene Wenger. The world does too.”

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