It has been suggested by the head coach of Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp, that Arsenal was only able to acquire Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City earlier this summer because of the significant financial gap that exists between the two teams.
At the beginning of July this year, the 25-year-old Jesus was transferred from the team that was now holding the title of Premier League champion to the Arsenal club for a transfer price that was somewhere in the neighbourhood of £45 million.
Jesus’s presence in north London has been a source of inspiration for Mikel Arteta’s team ever since he first arrived there. In the eight Premier League matches that have been played so far this season, he has scored five goals and supplied three assists. The vacuum in the first team that was created by Alexandre Lacazette has been expertly filled by the Brazilian.
Klopp showered admiration on Jesus and offered his opinion on why Manchester City permitted him to join the north London team when speaking at a pre-match press conference. Jesus joined the club in the summer of 2016. He said the following to the reporters (via Mirror):
“I don’t know him on a personal basis but I’ve always liked him as a player. I know City wouldn’t have sold him to any club but with Arsenal, the distance was enough, geographically. He’s an exceptional player, you always say that.”
He continued: “The Gabriel Jesus role at City was a nine and a winger. Last year, everybody said City had no number nine. He was still there but he played obviously from the wing and now he can play his role. He’s flying at this moment, that’s clear. If you’re not playing against them, it’s easy to enjoy what he’s doing.”
He also said: “If anyone knew how he could be outside Manchester City, it was Mikel. The same with [Oleksandr] Zinchenko. It’s a young team, a really exciting team and they’re doing well. We will try to cause them problems so I’m looking forward to it.”
In addition, during the summer transfer window, the Gunners paid the Pep Guardiola-coached team 32 million pounds to sell Oleksandr Zinchenko to the Gunners. Zinchenko plays as a left-back for the Ukrainian national team. During the current season, he has participated in six matches across all competitions and has recorded one assist.
With 21 points after eight matches, Arsenal is presently in first place in the Premier League rankings for the 2022-2023 season. At the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, the team is slated to compete against Liverpool.