Few expected Manchester City to experience any hiccups in their title push during their game against Watford yesterday, with that proving to be the case at Pep Guardiola's side ran out 5-1 winners at The Etihad.
It was a routine afternoon for the league leaders, with the performance of Gabriel Jesus being the main positive from the game. The Brazilian striker would finish the game with four goals to his name.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) April 23, 2022
Jesus had previously been a bit part player for this City this season. Prior to the league game against Liverpool a couple of weeks ago, he had not started in the Premier League since early January and had not scored in the competition since September.
While he has been in good form since then, reports suggested earlier this week that Guardiola was willing to let him leave this summer if a suitable offer came in. Ian Wright thinks such a move would be a mistake.
Speaking on Match of the Day, the former Arsenal striker said that Gabriel Jesus said City should think twice about letting such a complete forward leave the club.
He is very much a player that plays for the team. There is talk about him maybe leaving, but it was interesting hearing his manager saying that Gabriel is ours, he belongs to Manchester City. He is a very unselfish player and someone that can play on both wings.
He can play down the centre and there is no surprise that people are interested in him. On any given day, a striker who is doing the kind of work he does, you are going to score goals.
We are talking about someone who has got 29 assists, too. This is what Pep [Guardiola] loves about him... that way he can close down and win that ball back. Super running, he can play on the right, left or down the centre.
Arsenal have been linked with an interest in the player and he would seem like an ideal target were they achieve a top four finish this season.
City are currently favourites to sign Erlin Haaland, with at least one of their current forward likely to be on the way out the door should the Norwegian arrive.