Ray Parlour, a former midfielder for Arsenal, predicts that Gabriel Jesus will prevent the Gunners from pursuing out-of-favor Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo. After a contentious television interview with Piers Morgan, the 37-year-future old's at Old Trafford is becoming more and more questionable.
He now has an uncertain future with the Red Devils as his relationship with the club's supporters and head coach Erik ten Hag seems irreparably damaged. Ronaldo's interview, in which the five-time Ballon d'Or winner claimed that he felt betrayed by the club, reportedly left United "furious."
The club has reportedly sought legal counsel as a result, and the Portugal international might be fired if his actions are deemed to be "a significant enough breach of discipline," according to The Mirror. Ronaldo might even be sold before the January transfer window opens, presenting recently recruited sporting director Edu with a clear opportunity to pounce.
However, Parlour claims that Jesus' position at the top will dissuade the north Londoners from considering signing the Portuguese star. The Gunners veteran was questioned by the Express if Ronaldo would be a good signing. He responded, "I don't think so, no.
"You are leaving Jesus out of the picture because he has already stated that he does not want to be sitting on the bench. Jesus is a wonderful man. Although there can occasionally be some conflict, the current level of team spirit at Arsenal is exceptional.
"Look, you sign Ronaldo for the money aspect of it if you want to sell plenty of jerseys all over the world. You don't want to anger Jesus, though.
"Although they absolutely need a new striker, I don't believe Ronaldo would be the best option. You can occasionally upset things. If something is working out well, leave it alone."
This Premier League season, Jesus has made 14 appearances for Arsenal, helping the Gunners to the top of the standings. The Brazilian international's finesse in front of goal has been questioned, but he has scored five goals this season while also providing six assists.
Arteta will be eager to see his striker continue his encouraging performances in Qatar as the World Cup gets underway. Jesus will be crucial to any success Arsenal has this season, as the north Londoners are in a title race.