Official: Manchester City confirm transfer of forward with 95 goals

Gabriel Jesus Manchester City

Manchester City have confirmed the permanent transfer of Gabriel Jesus to Premier League rival Arsenal.

The 25-year-old spent five-and-a-half years at the Etihad, a period which saw him win 11 major trophies, including four Premier League titles.  

In total, he played 236 matches for City, scoring 95 goals.

“It’s been a pleasure to play for Manchester City,” Jesus said after his transfer to Arsenal was confirmed.

“I feel like I am a better player now than when I arrived – and to win 11 trophies has been amazing.

“My four Premier League titles are particularly special for me.

“I want to thank everyone at City – the manager, my teammates and the fans – for all the support they have given me over the past five-and-a-half years.”

Director of Football Txiki Begiristain added: “Gabriel is a fantastic professional and I want to thank him for what he has given Manchester City since he came here in 2017.

“His hard work and dedication to this Club cannot be questioned.

“He has been a brilliant servant and I have no doubt he will continue to be a success.”

Gabriel Jesus joins Arsenal from Manchester City in a deal worth £45million.

It is understood Jesus has signed a five-year deal. He will wear the No. 9 shirt previously worn by Alexandre Lacazette.

Arsenal’s Technical Director Edu said: “We are delighted that we have secured the transfer of Gabriel. Everyone who knows football well, knows the qualities of Gabriel Jesus.

“Gabriel is a player who we have admired for a long time now. He is 25 years old and an established Brazil international who has consistently demonstrated that he is a player at a very high level. We look forward to seeing him join up with his new teammates ahead of the new season. We all welcome Gabriel to Arsenal.”

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta added: “I’m very excited. The club has done a tremendous job to recruit a player of this stature. I know Gabriel personally very well, and we all know him well from his time in the Premier League and being really successful here.

“This is a position that’s been on our radar for a long time now and we have managed to get a player that we all wanted, so I’m really happy.”