Arsenal have finally confirmed the signing of Gabriel Jesus in a £45m deal from Manchester City, with the player penning a five-year deal at Emirates Stadium.
The Brazilian has been one of Arsenal’s prime targets all summer, with efforts to land him ongoing for most of the summer. To that end, talks were stepped up last week and it was widely reported that his signing had been agreed. However, it is only now, on Monday morning, that Arsenal have officially announced his arrival.
Indeed, the recruitment of a new centre forward was high on Arsenal’s agenda this summer. With Alexandre Lacazette departing on a free, the Gunners were left with just Eddie Nketiah as the only recognised senior centre forward.
But they soon identified Jesus as their main target. With just a year left on his deal at Manchester City, the writing looked on the wall for him once the signing of Erling Haaland was ratified.
Now Arsenal have their man, with Jesus signing on a deal to 2027. He will also wear the Gunners’ No 9 shirt.
Jesus also becomes Arsenal’s fourth signing of the summer with countryman Marquinhos the first. Since then, Fabio Vieira and Matt Turner have also been added to the ranks.
Arteta thrilled with signing
Speaking to the club’s official website, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was clearly delighted to welcome Jesus on board.
“I’m very excited. The club has done a tremendous job to recruit a player of this stature,” Arteta said. “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. Now we have managed to get a player that we all wanted, so I’m really happy.”
Technical director Edu added: “We are delighted that we have secured the transfer of Gabriel. Everyone who knows football well, knows the qualities of Gabriel Jesus.
“Gabriel is a player who we have admired for a long time now. He is 25 years old and an established Brazil international who has consistently demonstrated that he is a player at a very high level.
“We look forward to seeing him join up with his new teammates ahead of the new season. We all welcome Gabriel to Arsenal.”
Gabriel Jesus will battle with Nketiah
Jesus has signed for Arsenal most likely expecting to start the season as their regular centre forward.
While he won countless trophies at previous club City, he could never be considered a regular under Pep Guardiola. Ironically, it was perhaps only in his final months at the Etihad when he started getting a regular run of games.
Indeed, his City career reads 95 goals in 236 games – a solid strike rate of a goal every 2.4 matches.
He will compete for a role in the side with Nketiah. The record England U21 striker was looking likely to leave until he too enjoyed a strong end to the season.
That resulted in Arsenal offering him a new deal, with the striker putting pen to paper last month.
Arsenal verbally agree Gabriel Jesus deal with Manchester City
Arsenal and Manchester City verbally agree deal for Gabriel Jesus
By contrast, his strike rate stands at 23 goals in 92 appearances for Arsenal – a goal every four matches. However, his form at the back end of last season – five goals in seven games – suggests the 23-year-old’s confidence is growing.
As such, both will want to be starters for Arsenal. Now both will push hard to convince the manager they are worthy of selection – and that can only benefit Arsenal.