The day is Sunday 26th September 2021 and Bukayo Saka has just strolled past the Tottenham defence before sending their north London rivals into a 3-0 goal advantage at the Emirates.
The goal was classic Saka who was truly on fire when the pair met at the beginning of the 2021/22 campaign.
It was a cool and collected finish, something we’d later go on to see from the likes of Heung-min Son throughout the rest of the Premier League campaign.
Although that strike put a beaming smile on the face of the English teenager, it was Spurs who had the last laugh with Son scoring a vital goal when they met Arsenal a few weeks back, a result that ultimately proved crucial for Antonio Conte’s men in their pursuit of Champions League football.
The goal has now been reached and it may help them sign targets over the Gunners too. Chief among them is Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus.
The Brazilian is out of contract in the summer of 2023 and providing he does not sign fresh terms at the Etihad they will need to cash in.
However, if the latter are the ones who manage to get him to relocate to the capital, it would be a tremendous signing.
Indeed, on the topic of Saka, Conte could unearth his very own version of the England international.
A quick look at Jesus’ FB Ref profile will tell you one thing; he is a similar player to Saka. Of course, the City forward is more of a striker than a winger but their respective metrics are incredibly comparable.
They both produce around three shots per 90 minutes while they complete a similar number of passes in the attacking third – between a number of 35.8 and 36.3 per 90.
Furthermore, they both take a similar number of touches of the ball with Jesus registering 49.4 per 90 compared to Saka’s 50.5.
Defensively they are also alike with the Arsenal starlet producing 1.12 tackles, 15 pressures and 1.24 blocks compared to the exit-bound striker’s 1.15 tackles, 14.1 pressures and 1.20 blocks.
With all of the above in mind, it’s clear to see why the Premier League title winner is like Saka. Crucially, however, he has plenty of experience in winning some of the best honours around.
Based on that, Spurs would be fools not to pursue a deal this summer.