Paul Merson tells Gabriel Jesus to stay in Man City in the middle of Arsenal’s transfer connections

Jesus has been associated with an exit from the City

Jesus has been linked to an exit from the City (Image: Getty Images)

Paul Merson believes Gabriel Jesus should stay in Manchester City amid speculation linking the striker with an exit from the Etihad Stadium.

Despite not starting week out, week in under Pep Guardiola, Jesus has made a number of important contributions in recent weeks.

The 25-year-old scored four times in a 5-1 victory Watford in the Premier League, and struck again in the 4-3 victory against Real Madrid in the first match of the City’s Champions League semi-final.

Arteta's Arsenal are expected to aim for a striker this summer

Arteta’s Arsenal are expected to target a striker this summer (Image: Getty Images)

But reports have suggested that Arsenal have held talks with the Brazilian national team representative about a summer transfer to the Emirates Stadium.

Meanwhile, City appear to be chasing Borussia Dortmund center-back Erling Haaland.

Whether the Premier League champions pick up Haaland or not, Arsenal legend Merson believes Jesus should stay in the City.

‘Gabriel Jesus should stay in Manchester City. There is speculation about his future and people think he is unhappy that he is not playing enough – but he has started 17 Premier League matches this season, Merson told the Daily Star.

‘I think it’s a lot. He has played 36 times for City this season. And started a lot of big, big games. Where is he going, where can he do better than that?

“Even if City pick up Erling Haaland, he should not leave it. No way. This is a team that is going to go deep in four tournaments every year and he will always get matches.

‘Pep Guardiola trusts him. He misses a lot of chances, but you can play him anywhere in the forward line, and he always keeps trying to get in there.

‘He still has a big role to play this season. I don’t think Haaland would play that much more than that if he went there.

– But it is inconceivable how open City was against Real Madrid. It could cost them the Champions League and give top teams as many chances as it does. They were excellent going forward. Could not have played better going forward. But still won only 4-3! ‘

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