Arsenal were told to sign Ivan Toney to replace Gabriel Jesus by Ray Parlor

Brentfords Ivan Toney

Toney has scored 12 goals in the Premier League this season (Photo: Getty)

thinks Ray Parlor Arsenal should take a step after Brentford’s Ivan Toney this summer instead of pursuing Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus.

As Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah are set to leave the Emirates at the end of the season, the Gunners aim to pick up at least one striker, and reports suggest that Jesus, who has only one year left on his contract, has emerged as a top goal for Mikel Arteta.

However, after last season’s promotion with Brentford, Toney has impressed in the Premier League and scored 12 goals, and the Englishman may be available for around £ 30 million when the summer window opens.

Parlor, the former Arsenal midfielder, believes Toney is a more realistic target than Jesus and has urged his old club to focus on the 26-year-old as they look to pick up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s replacement.

In a speech to talkSPORT, he said: ‘The strikers they want to look at, they also want to look at the other clubs interested in those strikers.

‘You do not want to get into a bidding war. How many clubs will there be after Toney if he is available?

Manchester Citys Gabriel Jesus

Jesus is reportedly a top target for Arsenal this summer (Photo: Getty)

‘That’s the kind of striker I would try to get at Arsenal.’

According to Athletic and Arsenal are leading the race to pick up Jesus as the Brazilian is eager to reconnect with Arteta after their time together at City when the Gunners coach was Pep Guardiola’s assistant.

Still, Arsenal seem unchallenged in their quest to acquire the 25-year-old player unlikely given his performance against Watford on Saturday, scoring four goals in an emphatic 5-1 win.

Since arriving at City in 2017, Jesus has struggled to find a permanent starting spot at the Etihad and is said to have been frustrated.

It was thought that Sergio Aguero’s departure last summer would result in Jesus becoming Guardiola’s first – choice frontman, but City have often played without a striker during this period.

The hunt for Tottenham’s Harry Kane last year suggests that Guardiola is not entirely convinced by Jesus. Meanwhile, speculation that Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland is on his way to Manchester in the coming months will not ease Jesus’ concerns about lack of playing time.

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