Gabriel Jesus admits he needed a ‘change’ from Pep Guardiola’s football at Man City – where ‘the striker didn’t touch the ball much’ – as he claims he is ‘free’ at Arsenal under Mikel Arteta and ‘playing with a smile on my face’
- Gabriel Jesus has opened up on life at Arsenal since his move from Man City
- The Brazilian claims he feels ‘free on the pitch’ under Gunners boss Mikel Arteta
- Jesus revealed that he didn’t enjoy Pep Guardiola’s style of football anymore
- He claims ‘the striker didn’t touch the ball that much’ in the Man City team
Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus has claimed he feels ‘free on the pitch’ under Mikel Arteta and admits he could no longer ‘accept’ Pep Guardiola’s style of football at Man City.
The Brazilian forward has been a revelation at the Emirates since making a £45million switch from the Etihad in July and has quickly become one of the first names on the Arsenal teamsheet.
And ahead of this weekend’s North London derby, the 25-year-old has now revealed that he enjoys the ‘different ways to play’ in Arteta’s Arsenal system.
Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus (left) has admitted he could no longer ‘accept’ Pep Guardiola’s (right) style of football as he left Manchester City in the summer to move to north London
Speaking to ESPN Brasil, Jesus said: ‘The thing was the way [Guardiola] understands football and what he wanted. 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.’
The 25-year-old called an end to his four and a half year stint at the Etihad earlier this summer, after the club bolstered their attack with the arrivals of Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez.
Jesus called an end to his four-and-a-half year stint at the Etihad earlier this summer
Jesus continued: ‘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. 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.’
The Arsenal No.9 has already registered four goals and three assists across his seven Premier League games so far for the Gunners, compared to his eight goals and eight assists during the entirety of City’s last campaign.
Jesus dances in celebration after scoring Arsenal’s second goal in a 3-0 win over Brentford
Arsenal’s next challenge sees them host local rivals Tottenham in the North London derby on Saturday afternoon, which Jesus claims he is looking forward to.
The Brazilian said: ‘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.’
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