Arsenal could miss out on signing Gabriel Jesus this summer, with Tottenham Hotspur eager to capitalize on their Champions League spot
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Arsenal are gearing up for another rebuild this summer with Mikel Arteta eager to revise his starting lineup for next season – and the Gunners given the chance to build their own version of the shot. Antonio Conte’s penalty Tottenham The Hotspur side.
Gunners missed Champions League football after a dramatic collapse at the end of the season, leaving them behind to Spurs on their way to a four-point lead with just three games remaining. Therefore, it is Tottenham itself that can now offer potential transfer targets the opportunity to play in Europe’s luxury league, much like their plan with Gabriel Jesus.
Missing Jesus would be a major blow to Arsenal, but Arteta has other issues to deal with on his side as well as problems ahead. The first big problem was that his team still conceded a goal at the end of the season.
The last clean sheet Arsenal kept in the league was on 19 March against Aston Villa, when the Gunners appeared to be moving towards fourth place. Then, they conceded the opposite goal Everton and Newcastleand failed to even keep a clean sheet against a Leeds United side headed for a relegation battle which they will only get through on the final day of the campaign.
There is no magic wand that Arteta can wave, which will allow his side to be stronger at the back next season, and he seems to have a nice, solid partnership at the back. later with Gabriel Magalhaes and Ben White. It should be noted that both suffered injuries towards the end of the campaign.
But in the upcoming summer transfer window, Arteta could go a long way toward solving his woes at the back by making two key decisions. The first is triggering the purchase price of Djed Spence – currently on loan at Nottingham Forest, but likely to be available this summer at a price to match.
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The arrival of the full-back, coupled with Arteta’s grip on and keeping William Saliba at the club, will allow Arsenal to follow the system Conte laid out at Tottenham Hotspur. After a year of using a 4-2-3-1 formation, perhaps it is time for Arteta to change things up and copy the trend established in the other half of north London.
Conte’s system has worked worldwide, with successes in Chelsea, Juventus and Inter Milan, and built on the presence of three central defenders and attacking full-backs. The addition of Saliba to the Gabriel and White trio will give Arteta a much more solid defensive unit than last season, and will also free up space for his full-backs to come forward and attack. with the attacking potential of Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Emile Smith Rowe.
While Heung Min-Son is on a level of his own, and recreating him in another team is nearly impossible, his Golden Shoe win this past season proves that the Wide defenders can develop in a system that relies on full-backs. With Jesus also wanted by Spurs and with no obvious alternatives in the market for Arsenal to target, it is entirely possible Arteta’s new system could bring out the best out of his wide attacking players. and use them to ease the burden on whoever they lead next season.