Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta relays clear response to Jesus rumours and double injury concern

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta refused to speculate on rumours that Gabriel Jesus will arrive from Manchester City this summer, after the player’s agent admitted that the Brazilian ‘likes’ their project. The Spaniard also confirmed that Ben White and Bukayo Saka are both injury concerns ahead of Thursday’s mouth-watering clash with Tottenham. 

The Emirates is a busy place at present with talk simmering away on Thursday’s crucial encounter and who the club could pursue this summer. Indeed, the former may have a telling effect on the latter as victory over Spurs would rubber-stamp the Gunners’ spot in next season’s Champions League, allowing them to entice higher-profile targets. 

Questions on Jesus were expected after quotes from the Brazilian’s agent fuelled speculation on Wednesday. Marcelo Pettinati admitted that talks were held and the approach was being considered, but Arteta sternly added: “I don’t talk about any players that are not with us.”

With one year remaining on his contract at Man City, the Gunners are expected to tackle their short numbers in attack by launching a bid for him in a few weeks’ time, but Arsenal fans will seemingly have to wait for concrete progress before the boss speaks out. 

Meanwhile, Arteta was also pressed on team news ahead of the north London derby. The big hitters will need to turn up against Tottenham, who earned an impressive draw at Liverpool last time out, but the Spaniard revealed: “Ben [White] is still a doubt, we have to assess how he is feeling, which is much better. Bukayo [Saka] the same.”

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