Gabriel Jesus has been compared to Brazilian Ronaldo but ‘fleed the centre-forward job’ after being ‘scarred’ by the World Cup – now Arsenal hope to restore the star’s confidence ahead of Qatar


Gabriel Jesus is on a quest for redemption.

The Brazilian is set to officially become an Arsenal player after talkSPORT revealed the club have agreed a £45m deal with Manchester City.

Jesus previously called Arteta a fantastic manager
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Just weeks after Louis van Gaal allegedly told Jurrien Timber a move would hurt his World Cup chances, Mikel Arteta convinced Jesus that a move to north London would only improve his.

Jesus, who worked under Arteta at the Etihad, never quite managed to establish himself in Pep Guardiola’s first team during his five-and-a-half years at the club.

The 25-year-old has enjoyed a solid end to the season, however, highlighted by his superb four-goal run against Watford in April.

After that performance, Roy Hodgson compared Jesus to the original Ronaldo – a comparison El Fenomeno once made to himself!

Before City rushed to sign him from Palmeiras, Ronaldo told Globo TV: “I’m a fan of Gabriel as I watch him and see myself when I was younger.

“I see a lot of similarities between us.”


Gabriel Jesus has been compared to Brazilian Ronaldo but 'fleed the centre-forward job' after being 'scarred' by the World Cup - now Arsenal hope to restore the star's confidence ahead of Qatar
Jesus drew comparisons to Ronaldo after bursting onto the scene at Palmeiras
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But despite scoring 95 goals and winning numerous trophies for City, comparisons to Ronaldo have been rare in the years since.

And the reason for that is largely due to the 2018 World Cup in which Jesus failed to shine in the spotlight in the middle.

Ronaldo ranks second behind Miroslav Klose with the most World Cup goals, including a brace in the 2002 final won by Brazil.

Still, Jesus failed to find the target once in five games for Russia’s Selecao, who suffered a disappointing last-16 exit to Belgium.

It was an experience that weighed heavily on Jesus, whose crisis continued for months into the 2018/19 season with City.

He saidGlobo TV“I went to the World Cup as a key player and ended up not scoring. It affects you.

“I was marked by that. People will always remember Gabriel who did not score in the World Cup.”

Worse still, Jesus was dropped by coach Tite for his first team after the World Cup, only returning after moving into a wide striker position.

Gabriel Jesus has been compared to Brazilian Ronaldo but 'fleed the centre-forward job' after being 'scarred' by the World Cup - now Arsenal hope to restore the star's confidence ahead of Qatar
Jesus has been hesitant to play the No.9 centre-forward role for Brazil in recent seasons
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Brazil talkSPORT man Tim Vickery: “The low point of his career was the last World Cup.

“He seemed to be the solution as a centre-forward for Brazil, he had been very good in qualifying, but in the World Cup he had a mare.

“He didn’t score a goal. Much maligned centre-forwards scored for Brazil in the World Cup, he didn’t manage one. Since then it’s been a trauma for him.

“What is he? Does he want to play as a No.9 or does he want to play as a wide forward? He kind of ran away from the centre-forward position.

“I spoke with the Brazil coach of Gabriel Jesus not so long ago and he said that after the World Cup he called Gabriel Jesus and asked him: ‘Where do you want to play? ?’

“Gabriel Jesus said, ‘I don’t mind,’ but the coach said, ‘Obviously you mind, obviously you have a preference, what is your preference?’

“And a little sheepish, Gabriel Jesus said he prefers to play wide. That’s important for whoever is going to buy him.

Gabriel Jesus has been compared to Brazilian Ronaldo but 'fleed the centre-forward job' after being 'scarred' by the World Cup - now Arsenal hope to restore the star's confidence ahead of Qatar
Jesus won four Premier League titles, three Carabao Cups and an FA Cup at Man City
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Gabriel Jesus has been compared to Brazilian Ronaldo but 'fleed the centre-forward job' after being 'scarred' by the World Cup - now Arsenal hope to restore the star's confidence ahead of Qatar
Guardiola often had Jesus play second violin to Sergio Aguero

Arsenal’s plan for Jesus appears to be to restore him as a number nine following the departures of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.

The Gunners already have plenty of options and even intend to sign Raphinha to play on the right where Jesus featured for City.

And if anyone can restore his confidence in front of goal, it will be Arteta, who has worked closely with him during his tenure as City manager.

“He helped a lot of players,” Jesus said of Arteta after the Spaniard became Arsenal boss in 2019.

“When I want to finish after training, I tell him and he comes to help me.

“So he’s really fantastic for us. All the players know that, everyone at the club knows that. He’s a fantastic guy and a fantastic manager.

Jesus’ last goal for Brazil came in July 2019 – it will be up to fantastic manager Arteta to help him show his country why he could finally live up to that Ronaldo comparison in Qatar…

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Gabriel Jesus has been compared to Brazilian Ronaldo but 'fleed the centre-forward job' after being 'scarred' by the World Cup - now Arsenal hope to restore the star's confidence ahead of Qatar

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