Arsenal news: Mikel Arteta has been proved right as Rio Ferdinand urges the Gunners to sign the Man City star

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is starting to see the fruits of his labor and Rio Ferdinand believes the club should sign Gabriel Jesus in the summer

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Arteta on Arsenal’s top four ambitions after Wolves win

Arsenal are heading into the business end of the season in good form, having won seven of their last nine First League Games and are firmly in the mix for a top 4 result.

Mikel Arteta has endured a stormy few days in the Gunners’ hot seat but his long-term plans for the club appear to be manifesting on the pitch.

Recruitment under the Spaniard has been impressive for the most part, however eyebrows have been raised at the £72million spent to sign Nicholas Pepe in 2019; but Kieran Tierney has noticed a positive change in the Ivorian since returning from the Africa Cup of Nations.

Pepe could be crucial for Gunners as the fourth-place race gathers momentum, but looking ahead to the summer, Arteta will no doubt be in search of a striker and Rio Ferdinand has asked the Gunners to sign Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus.

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Mikel Arteta has guided Arsenal to seven wins in their last nine Premier League games


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Arteta’s vision bears fruit

Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal project has rarely been in better shape than it is at the moment.

the FA Cup Running at the end of his first term was of course a big moment and the Community Shield win over Liverpool in August 2020 was a major source of optimism.

But in terms of consistent results and real expectations, the Gunners have arguably been in their strongest position since then Arsène Wenger left the club.

Having won seven of their last nine Premier League games, including a double against their top-six rivals Wolves, Arteta’s side are in the race for a leading position Champions League Football.

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Ferdinand asks Gunners to sign Jesus

Rio Ferdinand has advised Arsenal to sign Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City as they look for a striker to replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Mikel Arteta decided to sack Aubameyang in the January transfer window to Barcelona after stripping the striker of his captaincy following a disciplinary offence.

With that, the Gunners manager maintained his authority but lost a player who scored 92 goals in 163 games and shared the Premier League Golden Boot in the 2018/19 season.

Adding to Emirates bosses’ concerns, Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah are ready to follow Aubameyang after their contracts expire this summer.

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Tierney sees differences in Pepe

Kieran Tierney’s ‘terrible’ experience facing Nicolas Pepe in training backs Mikel Arteta’s claim he’s seen a different player since returning from AFCON.

The Ivorian has been on the fringes of the Spanish side for most of the season, with the likes of Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe and Gabriel Martinelli above him in the pecking order.

Pepe was frustrated with his lack of playing time and even reached out to Arteta to ask why he wasn’t getting minutes, as the Gunners boss suggested he wasn’t seeing enough of the winger in training.

There were reports Arsenal were ready to cut their January losses as clubs from France expressed interest in the former Lille man.

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