Premier League: Manchester City Striker Gabriel Jesus swaps allegiance to Arsenal after five-year stay

After a five year tenure at Manchester City, pacy forward Gabriel Jesus will be moving to Arsenal. While the details of the contract has not been confirmed yet, British media is expecting it to be around 45 million euros.

Gabriel Jesus in his final game for Manchester City. (Courtesy: Reuters)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Gabriel Jesus has been a part of four league title campaigns at Manchester City
  • Arsenal are solving their problem of final third by multiple signings
  • Arsenal finished at fifth position

Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus has been signed by Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal. Jesus, who has played under Arteta before, when he was the assistant coach of Manchester City under Pep Guardiola, said that Arteta had helped him a lot in his Man City days.

Jesus, who is known for his blistering pace would have fallen down the pecking order at his former club due to the signing of Erling Haaland, who at the age of 21, is being termed as a generational talent. The London club did not reveal the details of the contract, but the deal is expected to be in the range of 45 million euros. Jesus still had a year left in his contract.

The Brazilian forward is Arsenal’s fourth acquisition this summer after the arrivals of Marquinhos, Matt Turner and Fabio Vieira.

Speaking about the new signing, manager Mikel Arteta said that he was very excited to work his Jesus.

“I know Gabriel personally very well, and we all know him well from his time in the Premier League and being really successful here. This is a position that’s been on our radar for a long time now and we have managed to get a player that we all wanted, so I’m really happy,” he said via a club statement.

Speaking about the conversations that led upto the signing of the contract, Jesus said, “We spoke a couple of times about the club, the players, the project and the future. I believe 100 per cent in Mikel. I had a very good time with him before, he’s a very good guy and a very good coach as well.

“He helped me a lot [at Manchester City]. We would always stick together after the training sessions and do some finishing or something. He’s a very intelligent guy and was an amazing player, so if he knows something he can teach me or the young players,” he further added.

Gabriel Jesus has played 159 appearances in the Premier League and has scored 58 goals.

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