By Frank McAvennie

24th Jun, 2022 | 7:00am

Thierry Henry cited by pundit as Arsenal close in on another signing

Man City forward Gabriel Jesus could add “much needed” experience to Arsenal, according to Frank McAvennie.

The former West Ham striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said the 25-year-old could easily score 20-goals per season for Mikel Arteta’s side.

The Evening Standard reported (23 June) that Gunners are closing in on a deal for the Brazil international as Tottenham have withdrawn their interest.

Jesus has just over 12 months remaining on his contract at the Etihad.

Arsenal are in the market for strikers with Alexandre Lacazette upon the expiration of his contract.

The Gunners announced the signing of Fabio Vieira from FC Porto on Wednesday.

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When asked if he thought Jesus would fit in at the Emirates, McAvennie told Football Insider: “I think he could fit in anywhere.

“I think he’d be a good signing if he went to Arsenal, I think that’s the kind of player the fans want. He can score goals for fun.

“He would be their 20-goals a season man easily because his movement is great, and he knows where to go. He’s banging in goals left, right and centre.

“So I think if Jesus came in it would be great. Sometimes you’ve got to just shoot, 15, 20 yards out you just have to shoot. Let the strikers get the rebounds.

“If I was an Arsenal fan I would want some experience coming in, somebody that can walk into the dressing room and just take over.

They’ve not got any big players now – they’ve not got [Patrick] Vieira, Tony Adams, Martin Keown, Thierry Henry, these boys just oozed quality and class. That’s the kind of players I would like Arsenal to bring in and that’s the kind of players I think Arsenal should be bringing in.

“They’ve got enough players with potential, they should be bringing in ready-made, experienced players.”

In other news, Arsenal have accepted a £2million bid from Burnley for their defender.