Glen Johnson says Chelsea should have signed Mikel Arteta’s new £45m striker (Pictures: Getty)
Glen Johnson has told Chelsea they should have beaten Arsenal to a deal for Gabriel Jesus and says it is ‘bizarre’ that the former Manchester City striker has ended up at the Emirates.
Chelsea expressed interest in signing Jesus but Arsenal were always the frontrunners to secure his signature and welcomed the Brazilian to north London at the start of this month in a £45m deal from Man City.
Jesus scored almost 100 goals for Manchester City and won four Premier League titles, three League Cups and the FA Cup during his five-year spell at the Etihad.
The 25-year-old enjoyed a superb pre-season with Arsenal, scoring in three of the club’s four friendlies during their recent trip to America.
Former England defender Johnson cannot understand why Chelsea did not try harder to sign Jesus, especially as they are now looking for a new striker following the departure of Romelu Lukaku.
He told GGRecon: ‘A striker that’s already performed within the Premier League is always better than a striker brought in from a different league. They’ve already established what they’re capable of.
‘With Gabriel Jesus, I think Chelsea should have bit Manchester City’s arm off to try and get him to be honest. Actually, I’m surprised that City even let him go. And I’m certainly surprised that he’s ended up at Arsenal.
The Gunners signed Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City (Picture: Getty)
‘No offence to Arsenal, but I’m pretty certain that if Chelsea had wanted him he would have gone to Chelsea. It’s bizarre how he left and it’s bizarre where he’s landed.
‘For me, Jesus is a top player and, though he’s still young, he’s already done it for a top team in a top league, so why wouldn’t you want him?’
Asked if Manchester City will regret selling Jesus, former Chelsea star Johnson added: ‘I think they could. He’s a really good player.
‘I don’t think City will be that bothered in terms of their squad because their squad is really really good but I think it could be a potential banana skin because he is a great player.’
Jesus will make his competitive debut for Arsenal in the Premier League curtain-raiser against Crystal Palace on August 5.
Chelsea kick-start their 2022-23 campaign the following day with a trip to Goodison Park to face Frank Lampard’s Everton.
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