By Emmanuel Adeleke
Arsenal have completed the signing of Brazil forward, Gabriel Jesus, on a long-term deal from Premier League champions, Manchester City.
The fee for the 25-year-old is understood to be £45 million and he moved to the Emirates Stadium after undergoing medical and agreeing personal terms.
Jesus will wear the No 9 shirt recently vacated by Alexandre Lacazette, who left for Lyon on a free transfer.
He made 236 appearances for Manchester City and scored 95 goals. He won four Premier League titles, three League Cups, one FA Cup and two Community Shields.
He became the North London club’s fourth signing of the summer, following the additions of Fabio Vieira, Matt Turner and Marquinhos.
Speaking, Arsenal Manager, Mikel Arteta, said he was very excited by Jesus’ arrival.
“The club has done a tremendous job to recruit a player of this stature,” he said.
Arteta, who worked with Jesus as an assistant coach at Manchester City, has been trying to boost Arsenal’s attacking options following the departures of forwards Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on free transfers.
“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.” the Gunners manager said.
Arsenal 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 team-mates ahead of the new season. We all welcome Gabriel to Arsenal.”