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Gabriel Jesus says he left City over disagreements with Guardiola

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Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus said his move from Manchester City to Arsenal was due to disagreements with the club’s manager. citizensthe Spaniard Pep Guardiola.

“I was very happy at Manchester City. It’s not that I was unhappy there, but I also had to accept the way the team wanted me to play, and that was clear,” the 25-year-old said in an interview. with the ESPN Brazil.

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“The thing was the way he understood football and what he wanted. It’s up to you to accept it or not. If you don’t accept it, it’s ‘thank you’ and we’re off to another challenge. I accepted for a moment, but it came a moment when I said: ‘I want something else for myself’. I thanked him, he understood and let’s go”, added Jesus.

Led by Mikel Arteta, who was once an assistant coach to Guardiola at City, Arsenal paid £45m for the Brazilian, who played for the Manchester side for five seasons.

The departure of Gabriel Jesus, also dissatisfied with not having enough playing time, seemed to have been anticipated by the arrivals of Norwegian Erling Haaland and Argentine Julián Álvarez to the Citizens.

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In addition, in the interview, the striker stated that Guardiola wanted him to play on the sides of the field, despite performing better as a centre-forward.

“It’s different here at Arsenal. It’s different football, they are different players, different ways of playing. There at City it was different. The striker didn’t take the ball so much, you just have to watch the games to see”, said the Brazilian.

“I talked a lot with Arteta about the game mode, he knows me, I know him, I understood what he wanted from me. Now, I’m loose on the field, playing ball with a smile on my face and trying to do my best always”, added.

The change of club did well for Jesus, as he became the benchmark for the Gunners’ attack with four goals in seven games for the Premier League-leading team.

Although he started off on the right foot at Arsenal, Gabriel Jesus was not called up by coach Tite for the Brazil national team’s last two friendlies before the start of the 2022 World Cup, in the 3-0 wins over Ghana and 5-1 over to Tunisia.

Source: Gazetaesportiva

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