Arsenal have confirmed the £45million signing of Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus, with the Brazilian agreeing a five-year contract at the Emirates.
The Gunners announced the move on Monday morning, July 4, with a video welcoming the Brazil international to north London.
The striker, 25, is Mikel Arteta’s fourth signing of the summer after landing Fabio Vieira, Marquinhos and Matt Turner.
Jesus, who has taken the No 9 shirt, had interest from both Chelsea and Tottenham, but opted to join Arsenal to become their striker after Alexandre Lacazette left on a free transfer to return to Lyon.
Speaking on his move, Jesus told the club’s official website: ‘I followed Arsenal when I was young because of [Thierry] Henry. Obviously I didn’t follow too many European teams but when I saw some of the players that played here, I was like “wow, this club is big”.
‘When I played against Arsenal I was looking at the Emirates and it was a very good stadium, so I’m very excited to play here.
‘I’m so happy to sign for this big club. Since day one when I knew I could come to play for Arsenal, I was happy. I know the staff, I know some players, the Brazilian ones.
‘I know there are a lot of top players. They are young and I’m still young as well, so I am so happy to be here to help. I come to help, to learn as well and to try to do my best.’
Jesus will link up with Eddie Nketiah – who has just signed a new long term contract and taken the No 14 shirt , and fellow Brazilian Gabriel Martinelli.
The move also reunites him with Arteta, who worked with him while he was assistant manager to Pep Guardiola at Man City.
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