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David James offers big reason Gabriel Jesus may want Man City stay amid Arsenal interest

Gabriel Jesus playing for Manchester City

Former Manchester City man David James has given a big reason Gabriel Jesus may want to remain at the club amid interest from Arsenal.

Jesus has played an important part in Manchester City’s success in recent years. Since joining from Palmeiras in 2017, he has racked up 95 goals and 46 assists in all competitions.

He has shown his versatility, playing through the middle or on the wing. Jesus switched between both with ease this season, as he contributed to 25 goals in all competitions.

The Brazilian has now won the Premier League on four occasions with Manchester City. He has also won the English League Cup four times and the FA Cup once.

There has been uncertainly over his future of late, though. There have been links to a few sides, and with his contract up next summer, City may think about selling.

Arsenal are one of the sides with an interest in Jesus. They may be able to offer him a starring role up top, with Alexandre Lacazette leaving.

Former City man James, though, feels Jesus should remain with the Etihad outfit following a successful few years, as he could keep the same role he has had during those.

“All the players in that attacking line-up have played around 25 games, so they’re not playing every week. Pep’s [Guardiola] rotation has worked perfectly in the sense that they won the Premier League again,” he said via football.london.

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“I’d imagine [Erling] Haaland would fit into that mould, he’s not going to play every game. Also with his injuries there are question marks over whether he is physically capable of playing all the games.

“Jesus will have a shared role if he stays at Man City. They aren’t going to buy Haaland and start him every game, so there is still room for Jesus.”

James cites Champions League goals in Jesus future

Gabriel Jesus, Jack Grealish, Manchester City,

James also feels that Jesus should remain, and fight to win the Champions League.

“Why would he want to leave? You’re at the best team in England over the past five years, so would he risk it by moving somewhere else to Arsenal, who aren’t even in the Champions League?” he added.

“Or would he rather stay at Man City and try to get the Holy Grail, which is the Champions League?”

Indeed, Jesus is likely to have a better chance of winning the tournament by staying at City than he would at Arsenal. However, his role could be a bigger one with the Gunners.

Either decision has its benefits, and Jesus could have success whichever he chooses.

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