Jesus wants to emulate childhood hero Henry after sealing Arsenal move

LONDON: Gabriel Jesus is aiming to emulate childhood hero Thierry Henry after Arsenal signed the striker from Manchester City for a fee of around 45 million pounds ($54 million) on Monday.

Jesus, who has scored 95 goals in 236 appearances for City, has signed a “long-term deal” with Arsenal after deciding to leave the Premier League champions in search of more regular first-team action.

The Brazil international has revealed he was a huge Arsenal fan as a youngster, having been captivated by Henry during the French star’s successful stint in north London.

Now Jesus will follow in Henry’s footsteps as Arsenal’s main attacking man.

“I followed Arsenal when I was young because of Henry,” Jesus said.

“Obviously I haven’t followed too many European teams, but when I saw some of the players playing here I was like, ‘Wow, this club is great.’ big club. From the first day I knew I could come and play for Arsenal, I was happy.

“I know the staff, I know some players, the Brazilians. I know there are a lot of top players.

Jesus was surplus to City’s requirements after signing Norwegian striker Erling Haaland from Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund.

The Brazilian netted 95 goals and 46 assists for City but failed to carve out a place in the starting line-up last season, netting eight league goals as manager Pep Guardiola deployed a midfielder. ground as a “false nine” to lead the attack.

Arsenal manager Arteta is hoping Jesus can fill the hole in his side’s attack after none of his key forwards scored more than five league goals last season.

The Brazilian worked with Arteta when the Spaniard was Guardiola’s assistant at City from 2016 to 2019.

“I’m very excited. The club have done a tremendous job to sign a player of this stature,” Arteta said.

“I know Gabriel very well personally, and we all know him well from his time in the Premier League and his success here.

“It’s a position that’s been on our radar for a long time now and we managed to get a player that we all wanted, so I’m really happy.” Jesus is Arsenal’s fourth signing this summer following the arrivals of compatriot Marquinhos, United States goalkeeper Matt Turner and Portuguese attacking midfielder Fabio Vieira.

Posted in Dawn, July 5, 2022

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