Although his form took a significant dip towards the end of his Arsenal career, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had already established himself as one of the best strikers in the world, and he produced many quality moments in north London to back that up.
His exit in January was expected in the end, but it still hurt nonetheless, and to make matters worse, a replacement was nowhere to be seen.
The worry of not having a reliable source of goals is set to end this summer.
That’s because Arsenal have made a €50m offer for Gabriel Jesus, and the player has told Manchester City that he wishes to reunite with Mikel Arteta this summer, according to GOAL Brazil.
Talks between his representative and technical director Edu have been taking place over the past few months after the Gunners first made enquiries for Jesus in November.
A close relationship between the player’s agent and the City forward has been maintained since football.
Jesus has often found regular game time hard to come by under Pep Guardiola due to Sergio Aguero being the preferred option prior to his departure.
Although more opportunities have emerged this season, the Brazilian will undoubtedly be heavily impacted by the arrival of Erling Haaland in the summer.
Those circumstances have led Arsenal to exploit the 25-year-old’s situation, and a move now appears to be a real possibility.
Jesus has scored 95 goals and provided 46 assists in 234 appearances for the Citizens while operating as a centre-forward and winger.
Offering pace, skill, work rate, versatility and a clear goal threat across the frontline, Jesus has established himself as a real fan favourite at the Etihad since he arrived from Palmeiras in 2017.
Manchester City’s squad consists of several top-quality players.
Despite having a more rotational role in the side in years gone by, Ilkay Gundogan believes his team-mate has what it takes to become one of the best in the world.
“I feel like there are no limits for Gabi. He already did great in the years here. What I know is that he brings everything to be a world-class striker,” he told reporters last year.
“He has already done great in the years playing here, he is a great team-mate, he is still young with a lot of potential to improve as well, but he is already playing really well, and he is committed to the team and his game. I really believe that for him, the future is very bright.”