Gabriel Jesus explains why he left Manchester City

Arrived this summer at Arsenal, with whom he had a good start to the season, Gabriel Jesus explained to ESPN Brazil that he had left Manchester City because he no longer adhered to Pep Guardiola’s style of play.

Seven games played, four goals, three assists: so far, Gabriel Jesus is having a successful start with Arsenal. Arrived in London this summer against 52 million euros, from Manchester City, the striker returned to this idyllic start at the microphone of ESPN Brazil. By explaining in particular that she owed a lot to the Gunners’ game project, which suits her much better than that of Pep Guardiola.

« I was very happy at Manchester City, immediately wanted to clarify the international auriverde. But I also had to accept the way the team wanted me to play, and it was very clear. The main question, c « It was knowing what Guardiola wanted on the pitch. Then you had to accept it or not. If you didn’t accept, it was goodbye and move on. »

« I understood what Arteta was waiting for »

For him, his game has never really stuck to the project desired by the Catalan coach. “I accepted it for a while, but there came a time when I wanted something different for me, he continued. I thanked him, he understood and we separated.  » In total, Gabriel Jesus will have spent five years with the SkyBlues, scoring 95 goals in 236 games.

Under the orders of Mikel Arteta, yet an assumed disciple of Guardiola, of whom he was assistant, the striker takes pleasure, in a style that has nothing to do with what he has known in the past. « It’s different football, it’s different players, different ways of playing, he detailed. At City, the striker doesn’t have the ball much, you just have to watch the games to see. I spoke a lot with Arteta about my style of play, he knows me, I know him, I understood what he expected of me, now I’m free on the pitch, I play with a smile and I give my max. »

Corentin Parbaud RMC Sport journalist

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