Louis Saha has urged Arsenal to snub a deal for Gabriel Jesus – insisting that the Manchester City ace lacks the "killer instinct" needed to be a top, top striker.
The 25-year-old has emerged as a transfer target for the Gunners, who are desperate to add some firepower to their squad in the summer. The Londoners currently only have two recognised senior strikers in Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah and both are due to be free agents at the end of the season.
Meanwhile, Jesus has been tipped to leave the Etihad this summer in a bid to secure more regular first-team football. The Brazilian forward – who has just one year left on his current deal – has struggled to establish himself as Pep Guardiola's main man since joining the club in a £27million deal from Palmeiras back in 2016, and Arsenal have reportedly opened talks to bring Jesus to north London ahead of next season.
But Saha – who starred for both Manchester United and Fulham in the Premier League – has warned Arsenal that Jesus isn't the top striker they need. However, he does believe that Jesus can still improve.
Saha told Gambling Deals: “Sometimes he’s been criticised because he doesn’t have the ‘killer instinct’, something that Ruud van Nistelrooy had, or (Robert) Lewandowksi and all those players. He’s been working hard for other players, but this is the style of Manchester City. He’s maybe not as deadly as some of the world’s best, but he can improve.
"If he works hard in front of goal. (Currently), the emphasis is on him to link play, be very diverse, going left or right, because that’s what City needs. They need a lot of movement and he’s not really been able to play as a number nine.”
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Despite Saha's warning, Jesus has caught the eye for City in recent weeks. He even bagged a stunning four-goal haul in City's commanding win over Watford last weekend to keep City in the title race.
And the Gunners all-time leading goalscorer Thierry Henry believes that Jesus is a natural No 9 and has seemingly given the move his seal of approval. He told CBS Sport: "We saw that he scored four goals at the weekend [against Watford]. When he is in the box, he’s one of the three that is playing, or since [Sergio] Aguero left, he has that nine instinct. He has what the number nine would smell.
"What I like with him is that when he puts pressure, whether it’s on the left, on the right or in the middle, he doesn’t have a problem to defend in them situations by coming back and helping his team."
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