Gabriel Jesus’ move to Arsenal is a done deal both club have announced. The 25-year-old spent five-and-a-half years at the Etihad, a period which saw him win 11 major trophies, including four Premier League titles. In total, he played 236 matches for City, scoring 95 goals. Jesus joined Arsenal for a fee around £45m last month and has been handed the number 9 jersey worn previously my Alexander Lacazette.
Jesus during his interview with Arsenal said:
“It’s been a pleasure to play for Manchester City,” Jesus said.
“I feel like I am a better player now than when I arrived – and to win 11 trophies has been amazing.
“My four Premier League titles are particularly special for me.
“I want to thank everyone at City – the manager, my teammates, and the fans – for all the support they have given me over the past five-and-a-half years.”
Jesus lauded his new Manager Mikel Arteta, with whom they spent three years together at Manchester City.
“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.”
Mikel Arteta: “I’m very excited. 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.”