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Gabriel Jesus opens up on the key difference between playing under Arteta & Guardiola

The Brazilian has revealed his take that he ‘didn’t touch the ball that much’ under the watch of his former manager


Arsenal star Gabriel Jesus has, on Thursday, provided an insight into the early differences he has taken note of between the managerial styles of Mikel Arteta and Pep Guardiola

Hitman Jesus, of course, opted to swap the Etihad for the Emirates this past summer.

In the knowledge that game-time was set to prove altogether difficult to come by over the course of the campaign owing to the respective arrivals of Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez, the 25-year-old came to the understandable decision to call time on his five-year stint in Manchester.

Jesus, in turn, has since gone on to establish himself as an early fan favourite in north London.

A haul of seven direct goal contributions in seven Premier League outings in Arsenal colours has proven just what the doctor ordered, to guide the Gunners to the summit of the English top-flight table.

And now, as alluded to above, Jesus has provided an insight into the role played by his new boss in contributing to such stellar exploits in England’s capital to date.

Speaking in an interview with ESPN on Thursday, Arsenal’s new star striker was drawn on the most noteworthy contrasts he has encountered between taking to the pitch under Mikel Arteta, and doing likewise under Pep Guardiola.

And Jesus went on to point towards a more impactful role under the former, in explaining:

“I talked a lot with Arteta about Arsenal’s style. He knows me, I know him, I understood what he wanted from me. Now, I’m free on the pitch, playing football with a smile on my face and trying to do my best all the time.

“At City, it was different. The striker didn’t touch the ball that much, you see this by watching the games. And, when it was time to touch the ball, it was not the striker, because [Guardiola] ended up putting a midfielder to come closer. OK, fine. So, I decided to change.

“I want another thing for myself.’ I thanked him. ‘Thanks for everything.’ He understood, and we moved on. It is different here at Arsenal. The football is different -- different players, different ways to play.”

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.



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