Prospective Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus, 25, became a left out player on his former club Manchester City after the Citizens signed Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez during this ongoing summer transfer window.
Since Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was a big admirer of Jesus over the years, he eventually managed to land him on the North London side by beating another Premier league giant Chelsea.
How Arsenal halted Chelsea’s move for Gabriel Jesus?
Since joining Arsenal, Gabriel Jesus started to shine on the Gunner’s t-shirt by scoring a couple of goals on the pre-season friendlies but his dramatic move to the North London side should be highlighted exclusively as lots of stories are coming to the spotlights as of today.
It is reported that, Gabriel became a hot transfer target for the giant London clubs like Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham since Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Romelu Lukaku all left their prospective clubs.
After Spurs signed another Brazilian striker Richarlison from Everton; both Arsenal and Chelsea set their eyes on Jesus as replacements for their outgoing strikers but it was Arteta who played a key role for signing Gabriel from City.
The agent of the new Arsenal striker, Marcelo Pettinati has claimed that Chelsea were the forerunners to snatch Jesus from Arsenal by saying, “Chelsea were one of the teams that tried to hijack the Arsenal move, they tried very hard in the final days to get him. By that point, we’d already chosen our new project.”
Over the past few years, Jesus had consistently performed for Man City and also helped Pep Guardiola’s team to win the Premier League last season by grabbing eight goals and eight assists to his name.
As a result, Arsenal’s £4,500,000 signing will surely be an advantage over city rivals Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspurs.