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Mikel Arteta responds to Gabriel Jesus leaving Arsenal this summer

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has responded to speculations on Gabriel Jesus leaving the club at the end of the current season

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta quashed speculations on Friday regarding the potential departure of striker Gabriel Jesus, asserting the club’s commitment to retaining the Brazilian forward beyond the summer transfer window.

Earlier reports this week hinted at Arsenal’s openness to consider offers for the 27-year-old, who has three years remaining on his contract with the club. However, Arteta firmly stated the club’s stance, emphasizing their reluctance to part ways with Jesus.

“I don’t know where reports about Gabriel Jesus’ exit are coming from,” Arteta said. “We have No intention of letting Gabriel leave.”

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Despite battling knee issues since undergoing surgery following an injury sustained at the 2022 World Cup, Jesus has remained a key figure in Arsenal’s squad, netting eight goals in 33 appearances this season. While Kai Havertz has assumed a prominent role in leading Arsenal’s attack recently, Arteta reiterated Jesus’ importance to the team.

Addressing the ongoing contract negotiations, Arteta expressed optimism regarding midfielder Jorginho’s future at the club. The 32-year-old’s contract expires at the end of the season, with discussions underway for a potential extension. Arteta emphasized Jorginho’s significant contributions both on and off the field, highlighting the club’s desire to retain his services.

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“I would love to keep him,” Arteta said. “He knows that. The club is fully supportive of that. He’s a really important player with us, on and off the field. He makes us better so we want him to stay.”

Ahead of Saturday’s fixture against Bournemouth, Arteta faces decisions regarding squad selection, including the potential inclusion of Jurriën Timber. Having recently returned from a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to knee surgery, Timber’s readiness for first-team action remains uncertain.

Arteta acknowledged the challenges associated with Timber’s return to competitive football but affirmed the club’s readiness to integrate him back into the squad.

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