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Arsenal: Mikel Arteta backs Gabriel Jesus to deliver but opens door for Aaron Ramsdale exit

The striker continues to struggle in front of goal while the goalkeeper is not guaranteed to stay in January

Mikel Arteta believes Gabriel Jesus has the ability to become a prolific goalscorer for Arsenal.
Jesus has scored just 16 times in 47 matches since his £45million move from Manchester City last year and launched a passionate defence of his game last week and insisted he brings more to the table than just goals.
Arsenal, who are looking to go five points clear at the top of the Premier League with a win at Luton tonight, are in the market for attacking reinforcements next summer.

Arteta has praised Jesus for his all-round game, but wants the Brazilian, who has scored only one League goal this season, to improve his finishing.

The 26-year-old has managed to score more than 20 times in a season on three occasions, while his best tally for a Premier League campaign is 14.

“We need goals from him, that’s for sure,” said Arteta (right, yesterday). “He has scored a lot of goals for us and he can still improve in that aspect, like he can improve in other aspects.
“He knows that and he is trying to do that, but there is so much that he gives that it is difficult to put a number on. But I am really happy with his overall performances.

The reason why he hasn’t done it as well, he hasn’t had the consistency and enough minutes, probably when he was at City as well, to produce those numbers that you need to be doing. But I think he has the ability to do that, for sure.”
Arsenal have made a new midfielder their transfer priority next month and are expected to move for an attacker in the summer.
Brentford striker Ivan Toney is keen on a move to Emirates Stadium, while Arsenal have scouted Feyenoord forward Santiago Gimenez and remain admirers of Wolves winger Pedro Neto.

Arsenal want to add to their squad in January, but they spent heavily in the summer and David Raya’s move from Brentford was done as a loan for financial reasons.
Raya has become Arsenal’s No1 goalkeeper and it has led to interest in Aaron Ramsdale, who was told by England manager Gareth Southgate that his place in the squad for Euro 2024 would be in doubt if he does not play.

Arsenal want to add to their squad in January, but they spent heavily in the summer and David Raya’s move from Brentford was done as a loan for financial reasons.
Raya has become Arsenal’s No1 goalkeeper and it has led to interest in Aaron Ramsdale, who was told by England manager Gareth Southgate that his place in the squad for Euro 2024 would be in doubt if he does not play.

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