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The Reason Jesus Swapped Manchester City For Arsenal

Written By Jacobs Dunga

The Brazilian striker has opened up on why he left the Etihad for the Emirates Stadium.

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Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus is enjoying line at his new club after five years at Manchester City.


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The Brazilian won nine trophies in his five years at the English champions under Pep Guardiola but never in all of his years nailed down a regular starting spot.

The situation has improved at Arsenal as he’s now the focal point of the Gunners attacke under former City assistant manager Mikel Arteta.

The 25 year old since his £45m move in the summer has scored four goals and assisted another three in seven Premier League games to help Arsenal to the summit of the table.

Speaking to ESPN Brasil, Jesus revealed Guardiola’s demands made him leave the Sky Blues for a new adventure at Arsenal.

The thing was the way [Guardiola] understands football and what he wanted,” he said to ESPN Brasil. “Then it was up to you to accept it or not. If you don’t accept it, ‘thank you’ and let’s go for another challenge.

“I accepted it for a while, but there came a moment when I said: ‘I want another thing for myself.’ I thanked him, ‘thanks for everything,’ he understood, and we moved on.

“It is different here at Arsenal. The football is different – different players, different ways to play.

“At City, it was different. The striker didn’t touch the ball that much, you see this by watching the games. And, when it was time to touch the ball, it was not the striker, because [Guardiola] ended up putting a midfielder to come closer. OK, fine. So, I decided to change.”

“I talked a lot with Arteta about Arsenal’s style,” Jesus added. “He knows me, I know him, I understood what he wanted from me. Now, I’m free on the pitch, playing football with a smile on my face and trying to do my best all the time.”

Jesus is enjoying freedom at Arsenal under Arteta unlike the strict laid down rules he hd to follow under Pep while at City.

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Arsenal host Tottenham this weekend in the North London derby and yet Arsenal’s biggest test of the season.

The former Palmeiras man is looking forward to his first derby in the colours of Arsenal and hopes he can help his side maintain their position on the log with a win over their rivals.

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Arsenal are two places and a point better than Antonio Conte’s Tottenham Hotspur but the game will be settled only on the pitch, a fact well understood by the striker.

“I’ve had some experience of derbies, like when I played for Palmeiras, City and Brazil. So, I know what a derby is, but I never played one Arsenal versus Tottenham here. So, it will be my first and I hopefully to get the win, not only in my first but all the derbies that I will play.”

Arsenal for the first time in a long while are looking like serious contenders for the Premier League title.

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