Rumour has it, that Manchester City are set to say bye, bye to another Brazilian blue. Gabriel Jesus has been linked with a move from Manchester to London, with Arsenal said to be super keen on bringing about a Mikel Arteta and Gabby reunion.
Whispers and gossip have been flying since the summer transfer window opened, and solidified with multiple media sources claiming that Arsenal have finally brokered a deal and have an agreement in principle with Manchester City.
The striker has been long linked with a move away and featured in Man City Square’s exit ranking article.
According to Romano, Arsenal and Jesus are yet to agree to personal terms.
With Arsenal looking a little lacklustre in front of goal last season, their priority was to bring in a versatile forward to fit with Arteta’s plans to take the club forward to fourth.
Jesus has a great track record with the blues and has a history of working with Arteta, making the move a logical one.
Gabriel Jesus, understandably, has been concerned about game time after Manchester City bagged two top strikers within the space of a few months. He’s young and he’s hungry, and he wants to start.
Word on the football streets is that the deal will be worth around £45m, which seems to be smart business with the 25-year-old having just one year left on his contract.
Jesus joined City in January 2017 for around £27m at just 19, and made his debut at the Etihad Stadium coming on as a sub against Spurs.
The young Brazilian faced a tough time as he settled in, being an understudy to City legend, Sergio Aguero, and battling unfair comparisons to the Argentine. But Jesus soon made his mark and took up his place in the squad brilliantly.
Gabriel Jesus has been frustrating in front of goal at times, lacking a certain clinical edge. However, City fans have grown to adore him for the heart and soul he puts into all of his performances.
Since setting up home at the Etihad, Gabby has helped drive City forward towards success and domestic domination winning 4 coveted Premier League titles, 1 FA Cup, 4 League Cups and 2 Community Shields.
Not many fight as hard on the pitch as Jesus. His selflessness always admirable. We love ourselves some Gabby energy.
Despite debates about his best position, he has some memorable performances that will go down in history from both the wings and as a typical number 9.
GJ became the first City player to both score and assist in a first Premier League start. He scored in the 94th minute against Southampton to make us centurions and rest assured, it was carnage at St Mary’s that day as he grabbed a last-minute winner, putting himself and City in the history books.
His game settler against Crystal Palace in 2019. After another season of Liverpool breathing down the neck of Manchester City, with no room for slip ups. The blues had gone 2 up, and Palace managed to pull one back whilst threatening an equaliser. Until Gabby took the blues out of reach.
An honourable mention of his four goals against Watford last season. A game in which he stole the show.
And my personal favourite, his man of the match performance in the Champions League when he panned Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane, who is now at Manchester United and coincidently missed both Manchester derbies – I like to think he was avoiding our very own Jesus to save face.
Our Jesus may not turn water into wine, but he turned Raphael Varane inside out, and that is a memory I will cherish and use against United fans when they say he’s better than John Stones.
Jesus will sign off with 236 appearances, 95 goals, 46 assists, 11 trophies and some fantastic memories and record breaking moments.
Gabriel Jesus has the qualities that City fans love, and if his move down south goes ahead, he will be missed. He deserves to be starting games, and there’ll be no grudges for him leaving. Only best wishes and lots of gratitude for his service to the club.