Gabriel Jesus reveals long-term Arsenal plans as he targets Premier League title with Gunners

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Gabriel Jesus has revealed he intends to be an Arsenal player for years to come as he looks to help the club challenge at the top of the English game.

The Brazilian left Manchester City this summer to join the Gunners in a £45million deal and has hit the ground running in pre-season, with three goals in two matches for his new club.

It’s an exciting signing for Arsenal but it’s also a challenge that Jesus is motivated by, with the forward desperate to bring the success he enjoyed at City to north London.

“Well, as I said, I always like projects in my life, I like to do things not only thinking about today, but thinking about the long term,” Jesus 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.”

Jesus is the second Brazilian player Arsenal have signed this summer, after the arrival of teenager Marquinhos, and the pair will feel right at home with the likes of Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Magalhaes among the fellow countrymen already in the squad.

Technical director Edu played an important role in bringing Jesus to the club, while Mikel Arteta worked with the striker when the pair were at City, so there’s every reason to expect the 25-year-old will need little time to settle into his new surroundings.

“Well, I believe it’s not a readaptation because I’m still in the same league, country environment, so that helps a lot,” Jesus said.

“And in an environment where there are many young people, everyone talks, everyone laughs, everyone has fun together. There are Brazilians, there’s Mikel, there’s Edu, there are people from the staff that I also worked with.

“So this part is very important, the way the players welcomed me here is also important, it counted a lot. And, well, I’m happy to be here, for the start of this pre-season. And I believe that it is still nothing of what is to come.”

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