Abriel Jesus has revealed he intends to be an Arsenal player for years to come as he looks to help the club challenge the top of the English game.
The Brazilian left Manchester City in the summer to join the Gunners in a £45m deal and started in pre-season, scoring three goals in two games for his new club.
It’s an exciting signing for Arsenal, but it’s also a challenge that motivates Jesus, with the striker desperate to build on the success he enjoyed at City in North London.
“Well, like I said, I always like projects in my life, I like doing things not just thinking about today, but thinking about the long term,” Jesus told TNT Sports. .
“I came here not to stay one or two seasons, but to stay five. So that’s my thought. That’s why I chose to come to Arsenal, a very big club in England, where they have a very good history, and which unfortunately is a little dormant.
“So that mattered too, I have this challenge to win. Coming to a club that hasn’t won a league for a long time and is getting better every year. The decision was also very important.
Jesus is the second Brazilian player Arsenal have signed this summer, following the arrival of teenager Marquinhos, and the pair will feel right at home with Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Magalhaes among the compatriots already in the squad.
Technical director Edu played an important role in bringing Jesus to the club, while Mikel Arteta worked with the striker when the pair were at City, so there is every reason to expect the 25-year-old need a short time to settle into their new surroundings. .
“Well, I believe it’s not rehab because I’m still in the same league, country environment, so that helps a lot,” Jesus said.
“And in an environment where there are a lot of young people, everyone talks, everyone laughs, everyone has fun together. There are Brazilians, there is Mikel, there is Edu, there are staff people with whom I have also worked.
“So this part is very important, the way the players have welcomed me here is also important, it has meant a lot. Well, I’m happy to be here, for the start of this pre-season. And I think that it is still nothing of what is to come.