Arsenal agonisingly missed out on Champions League qualification last season by a mere two points, meaning that for now for six consecutive seasons, the Gunners will not be playing in Europe’s premier competition.
Although there were a few reasons why Mikel Arteta’s side were ultimately unable to qualify, one of the main reasons why was their lack of a clinical, top-class striker. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had departed for Barcelona in January following a spell of poor form and internal concerns about the Gabonese striker’s attitude and conduct, meaning that Arteta was left with just Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah.
The pair were both considered not good enough to lead the line though, with Nketiah thought of as not good enough and Lacazette’s departure had been imminent, with the Frenchman into the last year of his contract and his goal contributions had been waning year-on-year.
These factors left the goalscoring burden on the shoulders of younger players like Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith-Rowe, who although supremely talented footballers, should not be relied on as the main goalscorers at such a young age for a club like Arsenal.
This all led to Arsenal making a move for Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus, with a £45m bid enough to tempt Pep Guardiola to sell the Brazilian. And after an impressive pre-season that saw him score seven times, Jesus has carried that form into the new league season, with the Brazilian registering two goals and two assists in two league appearances so far.