Breaking: From Manchester City, Arsenal seal Jesus deal

Gabriel Jesus

Gabriel Jesus has completed his move from Manchester City to Arsenal in a deal reportedly worth £45 million.

The Brazilian becomes Arsenal’s fourth signing of the summer transfer window after Marquinhos, Matt Turner and Fabio Vieira.

Jesus will wear the No. 9 shirt which was previously worn by Alexandre Lacazette, who has left to return to Lyon.

Arsenal technical director Edu and head coach Mikel Arteta were reportedly influential in securing Jesus’ signature.

“I’m very excited,” said Arteta, who worked with Jesus when he was assistant coach to Pep Guardiola at City from 2016 until 2019.

The club has done a tremendous job to recruit a player of this stature. 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.”

With Manchester City signing striker Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund in the summer transfer window, Jesus was unlikely to get regular minutes at the Etihad Stadium and has opted to move to a Premier League rival.

Jesus joined City from Palmeiras in 2017. Last season he scored eight goals in 28 Premier League appearances.

Arsenal technical director Edu said: “We are delighted that we have secured the transfer of Gabriel. Everyone who knows football well, knows the qualities of Gabriel Jesus.

“Gabriel is a player who we have admired for a long time now. He is 25 years old and an established Brazil international who has consistently demonstrated that he is a player at a very high level. We look forward to seeing him join up with his new team-mates ahead of the new season. We all welcome Gabriel to Arsenal.”

Jesus has also accumulated 56 caps for the Brazil national team. His desire to be playing regular football will likely have been influenced by the upcoming World Cup in Qatar in November.

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