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Gabriel Jesus blames Guardiola for his move to Arsenal from Manchester City


Gabriel Jesus, the Arsenal striker, recently revealed the reasons behind his move from Manchester City to Arsenal last summer.

Jesus joined City in 2019 but found himself as a backup to Sergio Aguero until Aguero’s departure in 2021.

The arrival of strikers Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez further pushed Jesus to seek a new club, and he ultimately chose Arsenal under former City assistant Mikel Arteta.

Jesus specifically mentioned a Champions League game against PSG, where Pep Guardiola chose to play Oleksandr Zinchenko as a false 9 instead of Jesus, which deeply affected him.

Feeling frustrated and upset, Jesus decided to leave City and pursue a new opportunity at Arsenal.

”There was a Champions League game, PSG, at home, in which he [Guardiola] put Zinchenko as a false 9. Crazy thing,” Jesus said on the Denilson Show podcast. “The day before, he didn’t even use [Zinchenko] in training, he had put me in as a striker. … Zinchenko even joked with me: ‘that day I felt bad for you.’

“Two hours before the game, there’s a team talk, the team eats, rests for 30 minutes and goes to the game. He told us the team, I didn’t even eat. I went straight to the room, crying, I called my mother to talk: ‘I want to leave.’ I’m going home, because he put [Zinchenko] on, and he didn’t put me on. He put a left-back there. I went crazy.”

During his time at City, Jesus played 236 games, scored 95 goals, provided 46 assists, and won 11 trophies.

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