The relationship between Mikel Arteta and Gabriel Jesus goes back five years, from the time the two were together at Man City.
The Arsenal boss knows the new number 9 well from his time there, and knows what he’s capable of as a player. Having pursued the 25 year old for months, the Spaniard finally got his man when the signing was made official today, and Arteta believes that the Brazil international can reach new heights in North London.
Speaking to the official site, Arteta spoke of Jesus’ qualities, saying, “I think it’s a package. Start with his character, the person, the smile and what he represents as a human being.
“Then he’s an incredible professional, with his work ethic and enthusiasm. You will see it the first day he puts on his boots and enters the training pitch; he has the enthusiasm that he is going to create on his own on that pitch.
“And then obviously there are his qualities, his hunger to score, his willingness to be coached, to improve. He is used to winning and he knows that winning is the only way to do it.
“I think he will set different standards at the club.”
After signing a clutch of players in the 21-23 age bracket last summer, Jesus arrives with a bit more experience, not to mention a haul of medals, and Arteta believes that’s going to benefit the group as we go into the new season.
“We need to get the right balance between players in the first phase of their development, as well as those that are starting to hit the peak in their career,” he said.
“In Gabby’s case, for a striker it is still very early at 25, but he started really early too so all that experience is going to be very beneficial.
“We have a very, very dynamic team up front. We have three or four players who can play in various positions, and play with each other in different positions.
“We want to be unpredictable, but at the same time we want to be specific in certain areas, to achieve certain qualities that we didn’t have in the squad, and with Gabi I think we are doing both of those at the same time.”