Jesus explains decision to leave Manchester City for Arsenal

BRENTFORD, ENGLAND: Gabriel Jesus of Arsenal celebrates after scoring their side’s second goal during the Premier League match between Brentford FC and Arsenal FC at Brentford Community Stadium on September 18, 2022. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Gabriel Jesus left a very successful Manchester City team for Arsenal over the summer, and he insists that whilst he was happy with his old club, he also needed to make a change.

“I was very happy at Manchester City,” Jesus said. “It’s not that I was unhappy there, but I also had to accept the way the team wanted me to play, and that was clear.

“The thing was the way he (Guardiola) understood football and what he wanted. It’s up to you whether you accept it or not. If you don’t accept it, it’s ‘thank you’ and we’re off to another challenge.

“There came a moment when I said: ‘I want something else for myself.’”

Hence Jesus joined up with Mikel Arteta in north London, having previously worked with the Arsenal manager when he was a coach at Manchester City.

The Brazilian has explained why things are different for him with the Gunners.

“It’s different here at Arsenal. It’s different football, there are different players, different ways of playing.

“At City it was different. The striker didn’t take the ball that much, you just have to watch the games to see that.

“And when it was time to touch the ball, it wasn’t the striker, because he (Guardiola) ended up putting a midfielder to come closer. All right, okay. So, I decided to change (club).

“I talked a lot with Arteta about the style of play. He knows me, I know him, I understood what he wanted from me. Now, I’m free on the field, playing ball with a smile on my face and trying to do my best always.”

Arsenal's Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus celebrates after scoring their second goal during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium in London on August 13, 2022. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Arsenal’s Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus celebrates after scoring their second goal during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium in London on August 13, 2022. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Jesus has certainly been able to express himself with Arsenal so far, to the team’s benefit. The 25-year-old has seven goal contributions in seven Premier League games, scoring four and assisting three to lead Arsenal to the top of the table.

The task now is to keep that going in a busy October with plenty of huge games, starting with the north London derby on Saturday.