Arsenal states condition for reigniting interest in Jonathan David and Joao Felix after Gabriel Jesus injury

Arsenal could rekindle interest in Jonathan David and Joao Felix with Gabriel Jesus facing up to three months on the sidelines.

Jesus, signed from Manchester City last summer, underwent knee surgery in London on Tuesday after he was injured playing for Brazil against Cameroon in the World Cup.

The 26-year-old has impressively led the line for Mikel Arteta’s side but his injury leaves Eddie Nketiah as the club’s only recognised centre forward.

Arsenal were eager to bolster their squad in January to ensure their Premier League title bid doesn’t fade in the second half of the season.

A wide player was thought to be top of the priority list with Arsenal eager to sign Ukrainian star Mykhailo Mudryk but the Evening Standard report the club could also target a striker too.

The report adds a possible solution for the Gunners is signing a player who can occupy a role in wide areas and through the middle, with David and Felix fitting the bill.

David was firmly on Arsenal’s radar at the start of the year with technical director Edu meeting with the player’s representatives to discuss a move.

Chelsea and Manchester United have also been credited with interest in the Canada international with David recently admitting it would be a ‘dream’ to play in the Premier League.

‘What happens after I do not know, we will have to see,’ he said following Canada’s World Cup exit in Qatar.

‘The Premier League is the best league in the world and I think every player would want to play there some day.’

Portugal star Felix could be another option in January with Atletico Madrid ready to sell the 23-year-old.

Reports in Spain suggest it could take as much as £86million to sign the former Benfica starlet but a breakdown in his relationship with Atleti boss Diego Simeone has left the club with little choice but to sell.

Atletico CEO Miguel Angel Gil Martin has confirmed the player wishes to leave the Wanda Metropolitano.

‘He is the biggest bet the club has made,’ Gil Marin told TVE. ‘I think he has the highest level in the world but for reasons that are not worth going into now, the relationship between the coach and him is not good, nor is his motivation.

‘The reasonable thing is to think that he leaves, although I would love him to continue, but, this is not the player’s idea.’

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