Ronaldinho says Arsenal are showing Gabriel Jesus the love that City didn’t
Gabriel Jesus, who was acquired by Arsenal for $57 million from Manchester City in the summer, has gotten off to a fantastic start with the club. Ronaldinho has once again praised his fellow Brazilian while criticizing the Americans. Arsenal was ambitious once again in the summer transfer window after missing out on a UEFA Champions League spot the previous season. Mikel Arteta signed Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City after losing Alexander Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January.
The Brazilian forward still has the rest of the season to prove his new manager wrong, but he’s off to a good start. Jesus continued his fine form from the start of the 2022–23 Premier League season when he scored seven goals. After making an impressive start in Arsenal’s opening game victory against Crystal Palace, he scored twice as the team defeated Leicester in the season’s second match. Ronaldinho, another Brazilian legend, praised Jesus for his performances but felt the club did not treat him fairly when he was with City.
“When Gabriel joined Manchester City, I said he would go on to be one of the best players in the world,” Ronaldinho told The Mirror. “When he was given a chance, he showed what he was capable of-but at Manchester City he was never shown the love a player of his quality deserves. At Arsenal, he has been given the chance to be the focal point. He has been shown love by the coach and the fans, and already he is repaying that. This season I expect big things from him—he will repay the love shown to him by showing he is not just one of the best players in the Premier League but also in Europe. “
At striker, Jesus was not City’s starter at striker despite being signed from Palmeiras for $35 million when he was only 19 years old. As Pep Guardiola did not like to play with a designated No. 9, Jesus did not get many opportunities to contribute. When the Citizens signed Norwegian star Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund this summer, they were willing to let him leave. After learning of Jesus’ success as Pep’s assistant coach, Arteta jumped at the possibility of having him join the Arsenal coaching staff. It’s too soon to say for sure, but it appears that he made the correct choice.