Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Gabriel Jesus reveals how Guardiola forced him out of Man City to join Arsenal

Gabriel Jesus, the Arsenal striker, recently revealed the reasons behind his move from Manchester City to Arsenal last summer.

Jesus joined City in 2019 but found himself as a backup to Sergio Aguero until Aguero’s departure in 2021.

The arrivals of Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez as new strikers at City prompted Jesus to seek a new club, and he ultimately chose Arsenal under former City assistant Mikel Arteta.

Jesus specifically mentioned a Champions League game against PSG where Pep Guardiola unexpectedly played Oleksandr Zinchenko as a false 9 instead of Jesus, which deeply affected him and led to his decision to leave.

”There was a Champions League game, PSG, at home, in which he [Guardiola] put Zinchenko as a false 9. Crazy thing,” Jesus said on the Denilson Show podcast. “The day before, he didn’t even use [Zinchenko] in training, he had put me in as a striker. … Zinchenko even joked with me: ‘that day I felt bad for you.’

“Two hours before the game, there’s a team talk, the team eats, rests for 30 minutes and goes to the game. He told us the team, I didn’t even eat. I went straight to the room, crying, I called my mother to talk: ‘I want to leave.’ I’m going home, because he put [Zinchenko] on, and he didn’t put me on. He put a left-back there. I went crazy.”

Despite his departure, Jesus had a successful tenure at City, playing 236 games, scoring 95 goals, providing 46 assists, and winning 11 trophies.

This article was updated 3 months ago


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