Gabriel Jesus' Arsenal shirt number leaked

Cameron Smith
Cameron Smith 30 Jun 2022 21:21 BST 3 min read
Gabriel Jesus, manchester City, 2021/22

Gabriel Jesus' new number at Arsenal has been leaked ahead of his £45 million (€52m) move from Manchester City.

The Brazil international will arrive at the Emirates Stadium on a five-year deal that will see him contracted to the Gunners until 2027. He leaves Man City after five-and-a-half illustrious years, winning 11 trophies and scoring 95 goals in 236 appearances.

Jesus, 25, will become Arsenal's fourth signing of the transfer window after Matt Turner joined from New England, Marquinhos was signed from Sao Paulo and Fabio Vieira arrived from Porto.

Jesus will become the first player to leave Man City to join Arsenal in the Premier League era and just the second player ever after Tommy Caton's move in 1983.

The Brazilian enjoyed a resurgence under Pep Guardiola in the second-half of last season, scoring six goals in the final eight Premier League games of the season, although four came in one game against Watford.

However, the arrival of Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund led to doubts over his future at the club, and Man City were happy to let him leave the club. In addition to Haaland, Julian Alvarez has returned from his loan spell back at River Plate after being purchased in January and will link up with the first-team squad in pre-season.

Gabriel Jesus has signed a five-year deal at Arsenal

Gabriel Jesus has signed a five-year deal at Arsenal

Despite featuring out wide numerous times for Man City, it's expected that Jesus will play as a traditional centre-forward at Arsenal, despite Eddie Nketiah's new contract.

The Englishman was set to become a free agent this summer, but he put pen to paper on a new deal, keeping him at club until 2027. Arsenal's other striker, Alexandre Lacazette, opted not to renew his contract and has re-joined former side Lyon on a free transfer.

What number will Jesus wear at Arsenal?

Although Jesus hasn't officially been presented as an Arsenal player yet, his new shirt number has been leaked.

The Brazilian was seen on the Emirates turf wearing the number nine shirt, previously worn by Lacazette. The Frenchman's exit opened the door for Jesus to take the number he wore at Man City from the 2019/20 season onwards. He wore the 33 shirt when he arrived at the Citizens.

Nketiah could've taken the number nine shirt upon signing his new deal, but he instead chose the number 14 shirt, famously worn by club legend Thierry Henry.

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