LONDON (AP) — Arsenal announced the signing of Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City on Monday, tying him on a long-term basis.
Jesus changes clubs in the English Premier League after spending 45 million pounds ($54 million).
He scored 95 goals in 236 games in nearly six seasons at City, winning the Premier League four times, as well as capturing three League Cup titles and one FA Cup.
Jesús will meet up with Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta, who was Pe Guardiola’s assistant before taking over the Gunners.
“We talked a few times about the club, the players, the project and the future,” the Brazilian told Arsenal’s website. “I believe Mikel one hundred percent.”
“I got on very well with him previously, he is an excellent person and also a magnificent coach. He helped me a lot. We always stayed together after training to work on finishing or something,” he added.
Arsenal was looking to strengthen itself after the departure of Alexandre Lacazette, whose contract had ended. And Arteta had someone he knew well in his folder.
“I am very excited. The club has done a tremendous job to hire a player of his level”, said Arteta. “I personally know Gabriel quite well, and I know him from his time in the Premier League and his good performance.”
“This is a position we’ve had on our radar for a long time and we’ve signed the player we all wanted, so I’m really happy,” he added.
Jesús looked for other horizons, since his options with City. The current champions of the Premier have added two attackers in recent months: the Norwegian Erling Haaland and the Argentine Julián Álvarez.