Thuram to Arsenal move would see Jesus depart

According to InterLive.it, Marcus Thuram to Arsenal is a real possibility in the summer, but the Gunners would have to cough up €30m (£25.7m) plus Gabriel Jesus in order to secure his signature.

The Brazilian has recently been linked with a shock exit away from the Emirates Stadium this summer, and seemingly could be used as a makeweight for any potential incomings. The report adds that Thuram is an alternative to Bologna striker Joshua Zirkzee, as Arsenal look for a fresh face to spearhead their attack for next season.

Marcus Thuram might seek a new challenge after Inter's romp to the 2023/24 Serie A title – Photo by Icon Sport

Thuram to Arsenal: A Jesus upgrade?

Coming from Manchester City alongside Oleksandr Zinchenko as a level-raiser in the summer of 2022, Jesus helped bridge the gap in quality between Pep Guardiola's title-winning titans and Arsenal, as he helped the latter go on an unexpected title charge in the 2022/23 campaign. Unfortunately, the Gunners came up just short, and despite leading the Premier League race this time around, they could get pegged back again by City, who have a crucial game in hand.

Especially in his first few games in a red and white shirt, Jesus showed the skill and work rate he often displayed at the Etihad Stadium, as he scored 11 goals and made a further seven assists in 33 appearances in total over all competitions in his debut season. However, he has only managed to follow that up with just eight goals and seven assists in the same number of games in this campaign.

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Jesus' days could be numbered at Arsenal. David Klein/Sportimage – Photo by Icon Sport

For all the exciting work he does on the pitch with his flamboyant style, his output in terms of goals and assists is not the level of an elite striker, which Arsenal arguably need to take them to the next level. In his debut season at Inter Milan, Thuram has bettered Jesus' output with 14 goals and 13 assists in all competitions so far, albeit in 10 more appearances (43).

Thuram has also demonstrated more durability than Jesus, as he has only missed three matches for Inter through injury, in comparison to the 33 that Jesus has missed through injury for Arsenal over the last two campaigns. It is often this resilience to injuries that can prove telling in a title race that might rely on key players staying fit, further justifying the view of those who think this would be shrewd business.


Adam is a lead writer on Football Whispers. He is a big Arsenal fan, and also follows his local club Wealdstone, made famous by The Wealdstone Raider, of whom he has interviewed. Adam also follows darts, boxing, cricket and tennis, among many other sports.