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Gabriel Jesus transfer latest: Striker’s move to Arsenal under threat amid critical agent update

Man City striker Gabriel Jesus

Arsenal could be left disappointed in their pursuit of Gabriel Jesus after the Gunners lost 2-0 to Newcastle on Monday night.

Mikel Arteta’s side knew they had to pick up a result to keep Tottenham at bay in the race for fourth spot. But an own goal from Ben White, and Bruno Guimaraes’ 85th-minute finish, gave Newcastle the victory at St James’ Park.

The defeat for Arsenal also put Tottenham in pole position to qualify for next season’s Champions League, at Arsenal’s expense.

Spurs just need to draw with already-relegated Norwich on the final day thanks to their superior goal difference. Arsenal, in contrast, need to overcome Everton and hope Norwich manage to stun Spurs.

Arsenal are seen as the leading suitors to land Jesus from Manchester City this summer. The Brazi international is in line to leave the Etihad, with Erling Haaland set to join City and replace him.

Bringing Jesus to north London would be a good move for Arteta and Arsenal. He would be an effective replacement for Alexandre Lacazette at centre-forward.

But The Sun have given an update on Jesus’ future, and it is worrying reading for Arsenal supporters.

They suggest Arsenal’s lack of UCL football next season could prove costly in the hunt for Jesus.

Gabriel Jesus has Arsenal concern

That’s because the player doesn’t want to drop down a level and feature in the Europa League next season.

Following Arsenal’s defeat to Newcastle, Jesus’ entourage are in ‘no hurry’ to sort out his future.

They want Jesus to help City win the Premier League title, ahead of Liverpool, before his next move becomes the priority.

Jesus and his representatives like the idea of joining Arteta’s project at the Emirates. Plus, Arsenal already have Jesus’ compatriots Gabriel and Gabriel Martinelli in their ranks.

However, their season took a massive step backwards when the Magpies beat them. Arsenal were in a solid position to return to the top four but didn’t have the mentality to grasp it.

Of course, Arsenal could still end up in fourth spot on the final day. And this would make Jesus’ capture far more likely.

But Norwich will struggle to hold off Antonio Conte’s side and pick up three points at Carrow Road. After all, they have only won five times all season in the league so far.

It would make sense for Jesus to only join Arsenal if they reach the Champions League. The 25-year-old is used to competing for plenty of trophies with City and therefore won’t want to play in the Europa League.

He will also have offers from other teams if Arsenal cannot meet his requirements. Italian giants Juventus have previously been on his trail.

Meanwhile, Arteta could sacrifice a promising Arsenal player to sign Samuel Umtiti from Barcelona.