New boy Gabriel Jesus says conversations with Mikel Arteta, and his own perception of Arsenal as big club convinced him that North London was the right destination for him after he’d decided to leave Man City.
The 25 year old worked with the current boss when he was Pep Guardiola’s assistant, and that time on the training ground was valuable to his development in English football.
“He helped me a lot,” said the Brazilian. We would always stick together after the training sessions and do some finishing or something. He’s a very intelligent guy and was an amazing player, so if he knows something he can teach me or the young players.”
“We spoke a couple of times about the club, the players, the project and the future. I believe 100 per cent in Mikel.
“I had a very good time with him before, he’s a very good guy and a very good coach as well.”
He also made it clear he’s coming to be the main man up front. Asked about what kind of role Arteta had earmarked for him, he said, “I’m the number 9! I’m a striker, you know.
“I thank God every day I can be alive, and that I can play in three or four different positions, but I think my position is 9!
“I have come to score goals.”
As for his feelings on signing for the Gunners, he said, “I’m so happy to sign for this big club. Since day one when I knew I could come to play for Arsenal, I was happy.
“I know the staff, I know some players, the Brazilian ones. I know there are a lot of top players. They are young and I’m still young as well, so I am so happy to be here to help.
“I come to help, to learn as well and to try to do my best.
“We have to go at it with everyone together, there’s no other way to win things. When you have a good relationship outside of the pitch, inside works automatically, and that’s my mentality.”