Arsenal have completed the signing of Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus on a long-term deal from Premier League champions Manchester City.
The fee for the 25-year-old is understood to be £45m and he is moving to the Emirates after undergoing a medical and agreeing personal terms. Jesus will wear the number 9 shirt recently vacated by Alexandre Lacazette, who left for Lyon for free.
The Gunners worked nearly six months with Jesus’ agent, Marcello Pettinati, to ensure they were in prime position to recruit him from City this summer. He becomes the north London club’s fourth signing of the summer following the additions of Fabio Vieira, Matt Turner and Marquinhos.
Arsenal manager Edu said: “We are delighted to have secured Gabriel’s transfer. Everyone who knows football well knows the qualities of Gabriel Jesus.
“Gabriel is a player we have admired for a long time. He is 25 years old and an established Brazilian international who has consistently shown that he is a very high-level player. We look forward to seeing him join his new team-mates ahead of the new season. We welcome Gabriel to Arsenal.”
Mikel Arteta added: “I am very excited. The club have done a tremendous job in recruiting a player of this stature. I know Gabriel very well personally, and we all know him well from his time in the Premier League and from his successes here. .
“This is a position that has been on our radar for a long time and we have managed to land a player that we all wanted so I am very happy.”
Jesus indicated his desire to move to the Gunners in early June and meet up again with Mikel Arteta, who would regularly offer coaching and individual advice when serving as Pep Guardiola’s assistant.
He was drawn to Arsenal’s chasing strength, the fact that they desperately needed a striker in their mold, and the opportunity for Jesus to take on more responsibility.
The arrival of Jesus and Eddie Nketiah’s contract extension means the Gunners have options in the centre-forward role, with the North Londoners also welcoming Folarin Balogun after his loan from Championship club Middlesbrough in the second half of last season.
Arteta and Arsenal allowed Lacazette to leave the club when his contract expired at the end of June, while they also allowed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to join Barcelona on a free transfer on Transfer Deadline Day last January.
On leaving Man City, Jesus said: “It has been a pleasure playing for Manchester City.
“I feel like I’m a better player now than when I came in, and winning 11 trophies has been amazing.
“My four Premier League titles are especially special to 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 last five and a half years.”
Is Jesus the right candidate for Arsenal?
Alan Smith of Sky Sports:
“This is not the finished article that Mikel Arteta is buying, but there is great potential for it to improve.
“He is still young and fits the profile that Arteta is trying to build in this Arsenal team.
“He is still hungry as a player and will want to prove himself after being in and out of the Man City squad, and that hunger is vital for Arteta because he has a team of young players who want to make it in the game. Jesus will be no different.
“There’s not much out there that you can get other than spending over £100m. Plus a lot of the top clubs would be after a player of that quality.”
So I think Jesus is a very good signing for Arsenal and I think he fits with what Arteta is trying to do.”
More from former Gunners forward Alan Smith:
“It is definitely a blow to Arsenal. Jesus dedicated his best years to Arsenal.
“The good thing about the Arsenal signing now is that they are signing players without too much media fanfare. For example, we heard about Jesus, but when we did, they were already pretty far along in terms of securing his signing.
“Then there was Fabio Vieira from Porto. No one saw it coming either and the best recruiting teams at clubs can do that. They work a lot behind the scenes, maybe even six months or a year in the preparation.” sign a player, but they do so without too much fanfare or drama.
“That points to a department of the club that is really working well and it’s really encouraging that they have managed to get that side of things working well because it was a bit tricky a few years ago. Now Edu and Arteta are on the same page.” , they agree on what is needed and that relationship is vital”.
‘Arsenal looking for a good season’
Sky Sports’ Paul Merson:
“Jesus is the big one. I’m a big fan, I like him,” Merson said. Pep Guardiola played him in many important games, he trusts him. He is a center forward who wants to score goals.
“People say he misses chances, but everyone misses chances. The name of the game is when you miss a chance, you’re not afraid to go back into the box and miss another, and he’s definitely one of those guys.”
“I like what Arsenal have done to get over the line. I think they are going to have a good season. There is a project underway and they will be fighting for fourth place with Man United and Tottenham. If they can get into the Champions League and have a good run in the cup – Europe can be won – with the team they are forming they have the opportunity to get some silver this season.
“I like that [Edu and Mikel Arteta] You are doing. They have to be in the top four sooner rather than later.”
Will Gabriel Jesus thrive away from Man City?
“Gabriel Jesus is a player who has a lot of talent and a lot of potential, but he needs more playing time to gain confidence,” says former Brazil international Ze Roberto. sky sports.
“The mentality that Pep Guardiola has is to rotate his entire team and give opportunities to all the players, but I think that the best version of Gabriel Jesus is when he is motivated and playing constantly.
“When a player like Gabriel is in the team and then out, it’s very difficult for him to have stability and find confidence. I think it’s always going to be difficult for that to change at Manchester City.”
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