Arsenal news: Worrying update from Mikel Arteta as club discover Gabriel Jesus transfer rivals

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Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta has provided injury update on Bukayo Saka ahead of Premier League clash with Tottenham Hotspur as clubs find out rivals are set to sign Gabriel Jesus

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Mikel Arteta presents the North London Derby against Tottenham

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has issued a worrying injury update ahead of the crucial North London derby showdown against Tottenham Hotspur.

The bitter rivals go head-to-head for a Champions League spot next season on Thursday night as they battle to claim the final spot in the Premier League’s top four. But Arsenal star winger Bukayo Saka may not be fit enough to participate, according to Gunners boss Arteta.

It comes as Arsenal have discovered seven clubs are vying with them for the signing of Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus this summer. The Gunners will be looking for a new striker with Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah likely to leave when their contracts expire at the end of the season and have offered a shortlist of four targets.

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Shortlist of four men revealed

Arsenal have four names on their list of potential replacements for Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah if the pair leave the club this summer.

Both players are out of contract at the end of the season, and with the pair showing no signs of commitment to the club, Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu have drawn up a list of potential replacements. The Gunners are keen on Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus but could face competition for his signature.

And they also have Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins and Benfica striker Darwin Nunez in mind.

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Arteta’s disturbing update

Arsenal may have to face bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur in their Premier League showdown without star winger Bukayo Saka, Mikel Arteta has revealed.

Saka left in the 2-1 win over Leeds United on Sunday and continues to be a doubt for the game. Arteta said Arsenal will have to “assess him and see how he feels” before kick-off, adding it’s a similar story with centre-back Ben White.

The Gunners boss has also ruled out Thomas Partey and Kieran Tierney from the vital clash meaning Arteta is without several key players for the draw.

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Gabriel Jesus transfers his rivals

Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus has seven clubs chasing his summer signing, including Arsenal, according to the player’s agent.

The Brazilian could be set to leave the Etihad this summer following confirmation that City have activated Erling Haaland’s £51.1million release clause after also agreeing a deal to bring in the youngster highly rated Argentinian Julian Alvarez. That means Jesus could find first-team opportunities harder to come by in Manchester and could look to sign elsewhere.

His agent Marcelo Pettinati has now confirmed talks with Arsenal have taken place – but six other teams are also interested in acquiring the striker’s services.

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