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Gabriel Jesus opens up about the role Zinchenko played in him joining Arsenal

Gabriel Jesus has disclosed his role as a secret agent in Oleksandr Zinchenko’s transfer from Manchester City to Arsenal.

After Jesus made his move to Arsenal from City on July 4, 2022, Zinchenko followed suit a few weeks later. Jesus has now shared how he assisted Arsenal’s sporting director, Edu, in persuading the Ukrainian to join him at Arsenal.

Jesus said: “If I convinced him to come, he has to give me something, no?! I’m joking! I was in Manchester at home with my family and I was supposed to come to London the day after by car. Edu just texted me and said they were going to Zinny’s house, if I want to come to join them to talk with Zin, so I said, ‘OK’.

“I went there and talked with him. He was surprised. I just said, ‘Zin, you have to take a decision like I did and I am happy with this’. He was a little bit like, ‘I don’t know, I need to talk with my wife first,’ but he took the decision (to come). I think if you ask him, it was the right decision.”

Gabriel Jesus also expressed his belief that now that Arsenal has qualified for the Champions League after a six-year absence, they should make every effort to win the competition for the first time.

He said: “Now it is easy to say, but I was 100 per cent confident Arsenal would get back in the Champions League last season. All the competitions, all the trophies, we go to win the competition, and the Champions League is the same.

“If we think opposite, we are wrong, because we are playing for Arsenal. We have to believe, we have to trust the teammates, the manager Arteta, the club, and then go for it.”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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