Arsenal target Jesus Ferreira criticised after World Cup debut for USMNT
Ahead of the World Cup, it was reported that Arsenal would be scouting Jesus Ferreira in Qatar as the Gunners look to provide further cover for Gabriel Jesus up front.
Ferreira went into the tournament off the back of an amazing season with FC Dallas. The 21-year-old scored 18 goals in Major League Soccer.
Arsenal fans would certainly not say no to a new goalscorer arriving in January. Gabriel Jesus has been an unbelievable signing. But he has not been hugely prolific in front of goal. And Mikel Arteta only really has Eddie Nketiah to turn to.
Arsenal unlikely to be impressed amid reports they were scouting Jesus Ferreira at World Cup
Journalist Dean Jones told Give Me Sport that Arsenal had been scouting Ferreira and planned to watch the USMNT striker at the World Cup.
Unfortunately for Ferreira, it proved to be a frustrating occasion.
The US were beaten by the Netherlands in the last 16 on Saturday. It is probably fair to say that opinion on whether Gregg Berhalter’s men surpassed expectation or not will be divided.
But what cannot be questioned is that a number of players have whetted the appetite for what they could do in 2026 when the tournament will partially be played on home soil.
However, Ferreira is not one who will look back on his contribution this time around with much fondness. In fact, the youngster made his only appearance of the tournament against the Netherlands.
‘Forgetful. Offered nothing’
Ferreira was taken off at the break after failing to have a single shot on goal. And CBS Sports did not hold back in their assessment of his display, rating his performance at just 4/10.
“Forgetful. Offered nothing, didn’t shoot when he had the chance, and starting him was questionable by Gregg Berhalter. Hooked after 45 minutes,” they wrote.
It is worrying that Ferreira was not able to stamp his authority on the position. The striker role was a massive problem for the US during the tournament.
He is still very young and enjoyed a brilliant campaign domestically. And there is clearly a massive opportunity available to one striker ahead of the 2026 World Cup.
But perhaps his struggles to make an impact in Qatar highlights that it is too soon for a club like Arsenal to make a move – particularly when so much is riding on the next few months.
You may also like…
- Report: Barcelona now keen on signing ‘lightning’ £70m striker, after claims Arsenal want him
- Rio Ferdinand issues his verdict on Arsenal’s January transfer window
- Arsenal Transfer News: Battle for Dusan Vlahovic set to happen with Manchester United keen
- ‘Incredible’: Alan Shearer says he nearly picked £35m Arsenal player to be in his PL team of the season