Rio Ferdinand is considering Arsenal’s move to sign Gabriel Jesus from Man City

Arsenal have already made a switch to sign Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City

Arsenal have already made a move to sign Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City (Getty)

Rio Ferdinand has supported Arsenal’s push to sign Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City.

Mikel Arteta has made the signing of a new striker one of his top priorities in this summer’s transfer window after the Gunners failed to replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January.

Arsenal are also facing the prospect of losing both Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah, who see their contracts expire at the end of the season.

Arteta missed a switch to Dusan Vlahovic in January, but Arsenal have already pushed ahead with their plans to bolster their attacking options this summer by making a move for Jesus.

Reports last week claimed that Arsenal have had extensive talks with Jesus’ representative, and the city’s striker has made it clear he would be keen on a switch to Arteta’s side.

And Ferdinand believes that Jesus would hit the ground running if he was given regular playing time at Arsenal.

Gabriel Jesus scored four goals in Manchester City's 5-1 win over Watford

Gabriel Jesus scored four goals in Manchester City’s 5-1 win over Watford on Saturday (Getty)

“You talk to players about him, they appreciate him because he puts in a good workload, he has quality,” Ferdinand said. Vibe with five.

– I think if he plays consistently on a team like Arsenal, I think he will get you goals.

‘Moreover, [Eddie] Nketiah this weekend [against Manchester United] I thought it was brilliant. Kept the ball well, brought others into the game. ‘

After scoring four goals in City’s 5-1 win over Watford on Saturday, Jesus insisted he was not distracted by his connections with a switch to Arsenal.

“It’s not time to think about this,” Jesus said.

‘You expect me to say this and it’s true. No time to think about this, now is the best moment of the season.

‘I want to enjoy it, keep the focus on my teammates to fight for the Premier League. I’ve already won three times with my teammates so I know how it feels and I would love to again.

‘We have a tough match on Tuesday against Real Madrid, a tough opponent. That’s my focus. ‘

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