Gabriel Jesus lauds Arsenal teammate Martinelli’s fitness: ‘He’s like an animal!’

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Gabriel Jesus has described new Arsenal teammate Gabriel Martinelli as “like an animal” due to his impressive fitness levels.

The Brazilian duo are preparing for the upcoming campaign after Jesus joined the Gunners from Manchester City for £45million.

He told the Podpah podcast: “Martinelli – he’s an animal. An animal! He never gets tired!

“[My new teammates] at the club are so hungry, they’re desperate to get this club back to winning a Premier League after 20 years. This kind of challenge excites me a lot to be here.

“I wanted a new challenge. I want to play every game, that’s why I came here. I compare this Arsenal team with the City team when I arrived there. There’s a lot of young players.”

Jesus departed the Premier League champions City with plenty of interest in his signature, but believes north London is the ideal next destination for his career.

The striker added: “I’m a person that thinks a lot. I’ve been thinking about [leaving City] for one or two years. The best decision that I could have made is to be here at Arsenal.

“I needed to play football with a smile on my face again. My mother watched our game [against Orlando City] and called me to say, ‘I can see you’re different, you’re playing happy!’, I got emotional hearing that.

“Everybody at the club has received me so well. I’m two or three years older than most players here but they look at me as a very experienced player. I like that. I like to be a role model for other players.”

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