Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta reveals how the Gunners beat Tottenham by signing Gabriel Jesus ahead of the North London derby with the Brazilian attacker’s ‘relationship’ and ‘trust’ with Edu key to sealing the move from £45 million.
- Arsenal signed Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City for £45m in the summer
- The Brazilian was linked with several clubs, including Chelsea and Tottenham.
- He has stood out since arriving at the Emirates with four goals in seven games
- Mikel Arteta explained how they beat the competition, praising a ‘team effort’
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has explained how the Gunners beat arch-rivals Tottenham with the signing of Gabriel Jesus this summer.
The Brazilian joined the club from Manchester City for £45m this summer and has excelled since arriving in the Emirates.
Jesus scored four times and added three assists in just seven Premier League games, making a huge difference for Arsenal’s front line.
Gabriel Jesus joined Arsenal from Manchester City for £45m this summer and has shone
He was linked with a number of clubs in the summer, including Chelsea and Spurs and, speaking ahead of Saturday’s North London derby, Arteta discussed how the Gunners were able to secure his signing.
“Edu had a talk with him to express and project what the club is about,” the Spaniard said in his pre-match press conference.
He explained the role he would have in the club. I then talked to him, so it was a team effort and he clearly understood what we wanted to do.
“The relationship with him (Edu was general coordinator of the Brazilian team from 2016 to 2019) helped because we had that confidence and then the decision was his.”
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta explained how the club beat several rivals to sign the striker
Arteta also gave the striker his full support after he missed Brazil’s last call-up.
Spurs boss Antonio Conte was also interested in signing Jesus over the summer.
The Gunners trio of Jesus, Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Magalhaes were left out by Brazil coach Tite during the international break, with the Selecao beating Ghana and Tunisia 3-0 and 5-1 respectively.
Tottenham striker Richarlison was the national team’s favorite up front, scoring three goals in the two games.
Jesús will face his rival this Saturday for the number 9 shirt and Arteta explained how he signed him after being left out of the national team.
He said: ‘I understand how they feel, how it has hit them and how we can help them. They just have to put their heads down and take him with their chin, try to play at the level he’s been playing at to make it even harder to shut him out.”
Meanwhile, Arteta kept tight-lipped on Arsenal’s injury news ahead of Saturday’s crucial North London derby.
Jesus was left out of Brazil’s most recent squad in favor of Tottenham striker Richarlison
In Jesus’ absence, Richarlison scored three times in two games while leading the line.
He refused to reveal whether Oleksandr Zinchenko, Kieran Tierney or Thomas Partey would miss the match at the Emirates.
‘They are part of the team’, was all that Arteta revealed on Friday.
“We just finished the last training session, a lot of players arrived yesterday, we had a short period to prepare for the match, but the boys look in good condition.”
Partey returned early from international duty after injuring his knee with Ghana, while Zinchenko has been battling a calf injury and Tierney is expected to be fit after being sent off during Scotland’s 2-1 win over the Republic. of Ireland in the League of Nations.
Arteta also insisted that he is not worried about William Saliba taking part in his first North London derby against Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.
‘No, this is football and Willy has shown what he is capable of in recent months. I have no doubts about him,” Arteta added.