‘He's just entering his prime’ – Arsenal fans react to Gabriel Jesus transfer

Karan Tejwani
Karan Tejwani Updated: 28 Jun 2022 14:01 BST 6 min read
Gabriel Jesus, Manchester City, 2021/22

Arsenal have completed the signing of Gabriel Jesus from Premier League rivals Manchester City, and there is a real buzz around the signing from the Gunners’ faithful.

Mikel Arteta’s side have been looking to bring in a forward to their ranks following the departures of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette over the course of the year, and identified Jesus as a top target.

The two clubs were in negotiations for weeks over the transfer, and agreed a £45m fee, with the Brazilian moving on a five-year deal.

Jesus has played in England since 2017, with Pep Guardiola’s side agreeing a deal for the player in the summer of 2016 for his move from Palmeiras.

The 25-year-old had an impressive record for City, scoring 95 goals in 236 appearances for the club – including 58 goals in 159 in the Premier League – but was never able to establish himself as the team’s primary forward.

He was expected to become the club’s leading man following the phasing out of Sergio Aguero, but Guardiola’s rotation and tactical systems allowed him to use the likes of Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne as forwards.

Arsenal fans excited over Gabriel Jesus move

Now, though, he will get the chance to be Arsenal’s leading man, and will work with Arteta once again, as they were together at City when the Spanish boss was Guardiola’s assistant between 2016 and 2019.

The Arsenal faithful are excited over their new forward, as they’ve managed to strike a deal for a player they knew they needed in the summer transfer window.

Arsenal have had a busy transfer window so far this summer, having already completed the signing of Fabio Vieira from FC Porto, and there may still be more to come.

The Gunners are working on deals for Leeds United’s Raphinha, Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans and Ajax’s Lisandro Martinez to bolster their squad ahead of next season.

The club are eager to make their return to the Champions League, having narrowly missed out on qualification last season, losing the final spot to Tottenham on the last day of the season.

Should they secure their targets, their expenditure this summer could well go close to £200m – a figure that will require results from Arteta’s side.

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