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Arsenal news: Gabriel Jesus shirt number clear as transfers send Bukayo Saka warning

The transfer window is beginning to heat up and it would appear Arsenal are ready to battle it out for some big-name players as the temperature rises.

With Fabio Vieira already secured, Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus looks likely to be next through the door. Beyond him, Leeds United’s Raphinha and Ajax’s Lisandro Martinez are other names in the frame.

The bullishness of the recruitment team will delight Arsenal supporters and it means excitement is beginning to build again ahead of the new season, when there will be an enterprising team to watch and European football back at the Emirates Stadium.

Gabriel Jesus can take iconic number

While one of the most exciting aspects of signing Gabriel Jesus for Arsenal supporters is his versatility, it’s anticipated he will lead the line at the Emirates Stadium when he arrives at the club in the coming days.

The Brazilian often played wide for Manchester City – manager Pep Guardiola preferred Sergio Aguero and then frequently an attacking midfielder at the point of the attack – and is used there in the main for the national team too.

However, at Arsenal he’ll likely be the number nine in more than one sense, with the departure of Alexandre Lacazette leaving the quintessential centre-forward shirt available for Jesus to snap up.

Bukayo Saka warning

While he emerged as Arsenal’s standout attacker last season, Bukayo Saka may not be guaranteed minutes in north London next term.

The England international typically operated on the right of midfield in 2021-22, a position where Jesus thrived for City and fellow Brazilian Raphinha – another reported transfer target for the Gunners – plays his football.

Saka may be adored at Arsenal, but he’s yet to agree a contract extension and his current terms expire in the summer of 2024. The likes of Manchester City and Liverpool have been linked with a possible move.

With the Gunners getting busy in the transfer market and signing high-class attacking options, the youngster moving on may not be as catastrophic a proposition now as it may have been a couple of years earlier.

Lisandro Martinez boost

In addition to their attacking options, the Gunners also appear intent on strengthening their depth at the back.

In addition to Ben White, Gabriel and the returning William Saliba – he was on loan at Marseille last term – Arteta is said to want to sign Ajax’s Martinez. The 24-year-old is reportedly being tracked by a number of clubs, although Arsenal have had a £29 million offer turned down.

It’s been suggested the Gunners have returned with another bid though and that package is still being discussed by the decision-makers at Ajax.

Ajax have already sold Sebastian Haller and Ryan Gravenberch this summer, meaning they are under no pressure to cash in on the Argentina international.

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