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Ray Parlour names Youri Tielemans as ‘ideal’ Arsenal capture after Gabriel Jesus completion

Youri Tielemans during a Leicester City match

Former Arsenal player Ray Parlour has explained why Youri Tielemans would be an ‘ideal’ signing for Arsenal once they announce the arrival of Gabriel Jesus.

Brazil forward Jesus is set to formally become an Arsenal player in the coming days. The Gunners have agreed to pay Manchester City £45million for him.

Jesus has completed his medical and signed a five-year contract to reunite with Mikel Arteta, whom he worked with at City.

The 25-year-old is likely to become Arsenal’s new number nine following Alexandre Lacazette’s free transfer back to Lyon. In fact, Jesus was pictured wearing the number nine shirt recently.

Parlour thinks Arsenal need to bolster their midfield once Jesus’ capture becomes official.

Arteta can currently rely on Granit Xhaka, Thomas Partey, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Mohamed Elneny in central midfield.

Martin Odegaard and Fabio Vieira are also available to him. However, they tend to operate further forward.

Xhaka has disciplinary problems on the pitch, Partey struggles to remain fit and Lokonga is yet to show his true ability in an Arsenal shirt.

Ray Parlour backs Arsenal to pursue Youri Tielemans

Due to these factors, it’s understandable why Parlour is recommending they sign Tielemans from Leicester. The pundit told talkSPORT (via the Daily Express): “As you mentioned, Tielemans is a really good ball-player. They have got Partey, who had his injury problems last season.

“He missed quite a lot of games. You have got Lokonga, who is going to get better and he’s still young.

“But I think that’s the area. Xhaka is getting that little bit older. I think that’s the area they really need to look at.

“Get balls through the line and Tielemans would be ideal. Let’s hope, with my Arsenal hat on, they can somehow get him over the line, and in the ideal world, get everyone signed up by the (pre-season) tour.”

Tielemans to Arsenal is one transfer that could definitely go through this summer. The Belgian is now in the final 12 months of his Leicester contract and is unlikely to sign an extension. This could force the Foxes to sell.

Tielemans ideally wants Champions League football. Arsenal cannot offer this right now, although they are certainly on an upward trajectory. As such, the Gunners could help Tielemans play in the competition in the next few years.

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