Gabriel Jesus sets Arsenal exit date after naming Gunners ‘taboo’ he aims to erase

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Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus Credit: PA Images
Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus Credit: PA Images

Gabriel Jesus already has a date in mind for when he’ll leave Arsenal, though he’s hopeful he’ll break their Premier League title drought first after admitting the Gunners have become “dormant”.

The Brazilian moved to north London for £45m earlier in July. Gabriel Jesus has made a lightning quick start to his Arsenal career, bagging three goals in his first two appearances in pre-season.

He has been deployed as the central striker so far – a position he was given chance to shine in all too infrequently at Man City.

Jesus made the move despite the absence of Champions League football at the Emirates this season. Clearly, Jesus believes he is capable of firing the Gunners back into the top four next season and beyond.

When speaking to Brazilian outlet TNT Sports, Jesus explained why choosing Arsenal was an easy decision to make.

“Well, I believe it’s not a re-adaptation because I’m still in the same league, country environment, so that helps a lot,” said the marksman (via the Mirror).

“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.”

Gabriel Jesus wants Prem glory in five-year plan

Jesus signed a five-year contract with Arsenal. Per the striker, that’s exactly how long he intends to remain in north London.

He will be 30 at that time, though long-term plans in football are rarely so straight forward. What’s more, Arsenal will have a thing or two to say about when Jesus leaves and for how much if he does.

Regardless, Jesus confirmed his five-year plan and revealed he harbours ambitions of ending their Premier League title drought.

The Gunners were last crowned kings of England in 2004. Their 18-year drought is fast approaching a similar stretch of time Jesus’s former club Palmeiras went without winning the domestic title in Brazil.

He continued: “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. 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. I lived in Palmeiras, a taboo of 22 years without winning the Brazilian League. We managed to win together and it was wonderful for us for our career.

“And I believe the fans will never forget it. So that’s what I think, you know. 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, Zinchenko clever signings

Jesus is poised to be joined by a familiar face in north London – Oleksandr Zinchenko.

The Ukraine international has agreed a deal that could reach £32m with Arsenal. Personal terms have been settled and a medical is poised to be completed today.

The pair are both in the prime of their careers and have points to prove after being on the periphery at City for much of their time in Manchester.

Jesus’ hot start in his preferred central position looks to have given him a new lease on life. The same may materialise for Zinchenko who operates in midfield for Ukraine.

With Kieran Tierney the No 1 left-back, the shackles may come off Zinchenko and a midfield role could await.

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