Gabriel Jesus says he was 'not unhappy' at City after Arsenal brace

Gabriel Jesus insists he was ‘not unhappy’ at Manchester City and only joined Arsenal because he ‘wanted to play’… after the Brazilian star bagged a brace and two assists in 2-1 win over Leicester

  • Arsenal’s Gabriel Jesus says he only left Manchester City to play more football 
  • The Brazilian international insists that he was content at Pep Guardiola’s side
  • Jesus, 25, bagged a brace and two more assists against Leicester on Saturday
  • The Gunners swept the Foxes aside to seal a 4-2 win at the Emirates Stadium 

New Arsenal forward Gabriel Jesus insists the sole reason behind his Manchester City exit was to score goals after bagging a brace against Leicester on Saturday. 

Jesus scored twice in the first half, and assisted two more, as the Gunners swept the Foxes aside for an impressive 4-2 win at the Emirates to make it two wins from two for Mikel Arteta’s side. 

The Brazil international joined the north London side for £47million from City, but has quashed any talk of bad blood with his former employers after a brilliant start to his Arsenal career. 

Gabriel Jesus insisted he only left Manchester City in the hopes of securing more football

The Brazilian forward curled a fantastic opener before heading in a second at the back post

Following the game he told Premier League Productions: ‘I am so happy because we played so good against a tough opponent. I work all day every day to score goals.

Mikel Arteta has given Jesus what he asks, playing him for 167 out of 180 minutes

‘I was not unhappy at Manchester City, I just wanted to play and the club understood.’

After the departure of City’s record goalscorer Sergio Aguero at the end of the 2020-21 season, Jesus can be forgiven for thinking that would mark the start of more game time under Pep Guardiola, being the one recognised senior No 9 at the club.

However the ex-Barcelona boss elected to play his favoured false-nine formation, with Jesus often featuring from the wing in a side that ultimately went on to defend their own title on the final day of the season. 

Overall last season the Brazil international played 28 games as City won the league, though he only played 1878 minutes in the Premier League which equates to just over 20 full matches.  

Jesus was on song on his home debut for Arsenal, scoring twice and setting up two more

Pep Guardiola preferred a false nine formation rather than to utilise Jesus last season

Arteta has certainly given the Brazilian the game time he wanted at his old club, starting both Premier League games this season and playing 167 of a possible 180 minutes in both those starts. 

And although he failed to make the scoresheet in Arsenal’s season opener at Crystal Palace, he netted twice and will be disappointed he could not add a third against Leicester, as Gunners home supporters got a first look at their new man. 

Playing under Arteta as Guardiola’s assistant at the Etihad, Jesus won two Premier Leagues, two League Cups, a Community Shield and an FA Cup.


Arsenal: Ramsdale, White (Tomiyasu 75), Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko (Tierney 77), Partey, Xhaka, Saka (Smith Rowe 84), Odegaard, Martinelli, Jesus (Nketiah 84).

Subs not used: Holding, Pepe, Lokonga, Elneny, Turner.

Goals: Jesus 23, 45, Xhaka 55, Martinelli 75.

Booked: Tomiyasu.

Manager: Mikel Arteta.

Leicester: Ward, Fofana, Evans, Amartey (Daka 63), Castagne, Tielemans (Praet 63), Ndidi, Dewsbury-Hall, Justin, Maddison, Vardy (Iheanacho 70).

Subs not used: Soyuncu, Albrighton, Perez, Mendy, Iversen, Thomas.

Goals: Saliba (OG 53), Maddison 74.

Booked: Fofana.

Manager: Brendan Rodgers.

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