By Noel Whelan

21st Jun, 2022 | 10:23am

Tottenham well placed to hijack Arsenal-Gabriel Jesus deal as 'big' claim issued - pundit

Gabriel Jesus may choose to sign for Tottenham over Arsenal because they are playing Champions League football in 2022-23, according to Noel Whelan.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Premier League striker insisted the chance to continue to play in Europe’s premier club competition will play a “big” part in Jesus’ thinking.

The Mirror reported on Monday (19 June) that the north London rivals are battling it out to sign the 25-year-old from Man City.

An Arsenal source told Football Insider earlier this month (5 June) that they have agreed personal terms with the forward and were increasingly confident of securing a deal.

However, Tottenham and Antonio Conte now reportedly hope to hijack the deal with the lure of Champions League football.

And Whelan has suggested that could be a decisive factor as Jesus weighs up his options.

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He told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “The only more attractive thing about right now is Champions League football and that’s what Jesus has had ever since he’s arrived at Man City.

“Big players want to play on big stages and it doesn’t get any bigger than the Champions League.

“If Tottenham are serious about landing Jesus then, for me, with what Arsenal are building and what Tottenham are building, there’s not too much between the two in terms of stadiums and facilities. Obviously, Tottenham’s [stadium] is brand new but you’re not going to turn your nose up at playing at the Emirates.

“The only thing for me is that competition. When you’ve been playing in it for five years, it’s difficult to leave it. I think Jesus would want to be part of that. That means Tottenham is a more attractive offer.”

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