Arsenal have completed the signing of Brazil forward Gabriel Jesus on a long-term contract from Premier League champions Manchester City.
The signing with the Gunners comes after an extensive six month negotiations with Jesus’ representative Marcello Pettinati to ensure they were in pole position to recruit him from City this summer.
Gabriel thanked all his fans and supporters and is looking forward his new adventure with the Gunners:
Jesus indicated his desire to move to the Gunners at the start of June and reunite with Mikel Arteta, who would regularly offer individual coaching and advice when serving as assistant to Pep Guardiola.
After four Premier League titles, three EFL Cups, and an FA Cup crown, Gabriel Jesus has officially departed Manchester City for Arsenal. The Brazil international forward joins the Gunners in the midst of the team’s busy transfer window that already includes the signings of Portuguese phenom Fábio Vieira and USMNT goalkeeper Matt Turner.
Jesus brings a killer instinct as a finisher, something that Arsenal lacked up front after the departure of disgruntled team captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in world football’s January transfer window. Since Aubameyang’s exit, the team was never able to find a like-for-like replacement — until now.
Still just 25 years old despite a half-dozen Premier League seasons already under his belt, Jesus heads from the Etihad to the Emirates on a transfer fee of just over $55 million as part of a deal that includes approximately $12 million in possible add-ons.
Let’s see how Jesus fits in with his new team and manager Mikel Arteta, who was notably an assistant at Man City during the first half of the forward’s tenure there.