Gabriel Jesus: I now feel free at Arsenal FC after no longer accepting Man City role

The Brazilian became the Gunners’ summer titleholder when he signed a deal worth £45m, and started with four goals and three assists in eight games.

Jesus admits he was tired of a reduced role under Guardiola where ‘the striker didn’t touch the ball much’, prompting him to ask for a move.

“The thing was the way [Guardiola] understands football and what he wanted,” Jesus told 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 point where I said, ‘I want something else for myself.’ “I thanked him, ‘thank you for everything’, he understood, and we moved on. It’s different here at Arsenal. Football is different – different players, different ways of playing.

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

Jesus added: “I spoke a lot with Arteta about the style of Arsenal,” added Jesus. “He knows me, I know him, I understood what he expected of me. Now I’m free on the pitch, I play football with a smile on my face and I try to do my best all the time. time.”

This weekend, Jesus will experience his first North London derby as rivals Tottenham travel to the Emirates Stadium, a game the Brazilian is looking forward to.

He continued: “I had some derby experience, like when I played for Palmeiras, City and Brazil. So I know what a derby is, but I’ve never played an Arsenal against Tottenham here. So it will be my first and I hope to win, not only in my first but in all the derbies I play.”

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