Redknapp warns Arteta over ‘major problem’ as Arsenal are told not to make ‘complete disaster’ signing

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Jamie Redknapp talks about Arsenal

Jamie Redknapp thinks the loss of Gabriel Jesus to injury will be a “major problem” for Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta and warns buying a striker won’t be “easy”.

The Gunners have made a brilliant start to the season with Arteta’s side winning 12 of their 14 Premier League matches to sit five points clear at the top of the standings.

But there was bad news at the World Cup with Arsenal striker Jesus sustaining a knee injury in Brazil’s 1-0 loss to Cameroon in the group stage.

The date of Jesus’ return is unknown, after he underwent surgery on his knee, but it is clear they will be without him for months rather than weeks.

And Redknapp doubts that Arsenal will be able to replace him internally or in the transfer market in January with Jesus setting the tempo for the whole team.

Redknapp told Sky Sports: “The biggest disadvantage by far is Arsenal because of losing Jesus. What that would do to the team, only time will tell.

“I think right now, that’s a major problem for Mikel Arteta. He would have looked at that and thought ‘out of all the players I didn’t want to lose, it would have been him’. It’s not his goals, it’s more what he does for the team.

“He goes and chases and presses. Wins the ball. Sets the tempo as a striker. He’s a player they haven’t had for so long. And that’s terrible news for this Arsenal team.

“How are they going to react? You are going to buy someone in the window. It’s not as easy as that to find a player of his calibre.”

Former Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo is among a list of strikers linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium but former Arsenal defender Nigel Winterburn thinks it would “be a complete disaster”.

Winterburn told The Metro: “It’s a no from me and there’s only one simple reason; it would be a short-term gap to fill.

“A lot of people might say that’s great, let’s do it. I wouldn’t be able to argue with that, but I think the way Arsenal start games, they press high, they’re full of energy, and Ronaldo is an unbelievable player, but I don’t think he has the legs to be able to do that any more.

“I’m certain he doesn’t. I think Arsenal would have to change their style of play to bring him in, and I think that move would be a complete disaster.”

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