Gabriel Jesus says the challenge of helping Arsenal win silverware was a big factor in his decision to join the club this summer.
The Brazil international won everything going during his five-year stint at Manchester City – 10 major honours in total – but joins a club without a league title in 18 years and no Champions League football since 2017.
“I always like projects in my life, I like to do things not only thinking about today, but thinking about the long term,” the £45 million signing 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 beautiful history, and who unfortunately is dormant a little bit.
“So that also counted, I have this challenge of winning. Coming to a club that haven’t won a league for a long time and that has been improving every year. The decision was also very important.”
In a separate interview with Hayters, Jesus also touched on the important role played by technical director Edu in persuading him to move to the Emirates. The two have a relationship dating back to 2016 when the ex-Gunner, as general coordinator of the Brazil national team, oversaw the striker’s integration into the team.
“First of all, when was when Edu came to talk to me and ask me how I am, how I’m feeling as a person and after as a football player, what I want in the future. Yeah, the conversation between me and Edu was amazing. I was so happy with the project of the club and straight [away], I said ‘Yes, my way is in London.'”
“I don’t want to be the main man here, I don’t want to be a superstar, I don’t want to be these things. I want to play football, enjoy football, what I love to do, you know. I’ve come to help and to learn. Here there are amazing players as well, so I come to a club where everyone wants to win together.”