Arsenal's Jesus labels Martinelli 'an animal' after pre-season

Gabriel Jesus labels Arsenal team-mate Gabriel Martinelli as ‘an animal’ after shining in pre-season friendlies for the Gunners… and claims his big-money move to north London is ‘the best decision I could have made’

  • Gabriel Jesus has labelled Arsenal team-mate Gabriel Martinelli as ‘an animal’ 
  • Jesus has shone in pre-season for Arsenal and has gotten to grips with the squad 
  • He claims that his move from Man City is ‘the best decision I could have made’ 
  • The Brazilian striker completed a £45million move from City at the start of July 

Arsenal’s Gabriel Jesus has hailed team-mate Gabriel Martinelli as ‘an animal’ after getting to grips with his new squad during pre-season.

The 25-year-old striker completed a £45million move from Manchester City at the beginning of the month – which he has now claimed is ‘the best decision that I could have made’.

He’s taken like a duck to water, scoring three goals in three pre-season appearances for the Gunners, and has now heaped massive praise upon some of his new team-mates.

Gabriel Jesus claims his move to Arsenal ‘was the best decision’ he could’ve made this summer

Jesus also heaped praise on his new team-mate Gabriel Martinelli in a recent podcast

During an interview on Podpah podcast, Jesus was of full praise when his team-mate’s name was mentioned and said: ‘Woah! Martinelli – he’s an animal. An animal! He never gets tired!

‘[My new team-mates] at the club are so hungry, they’re desperate to get this club back to winning a Premier League after 20 years. This kind of challenge excites me a lot to be here.

 ‘I wanted a new challenge. I want to play every game, that’s why I came here. I compare this Arsenal team with the City team when I arrived there. There’s a lot of young players.’

The 25-year-old became Mikel Arteta’s fourth signing of the summer after Manchester City’s bolstered their attack with the acquisitions of Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez. 

The 25-year-old has scored three goals in his opening three games for Mikel Arteta’s side

Martinelli celebrates with Nuno Tavares after scoring against Orlando City on Thursday

Jesus continued: ‘I’m a person that thinks a lot. I’ve been thinking about [leaving City] for one or two years. The best decision that I could have made is to be here at Arsenal.

‘I needed to play football with a smile on my face again. My mother watched our game [against Orlando City] and called me to say, “I can see you’re different, you’re playing happy!” I got emotional hearing that.’

‘Everybody at the club has received me so well. I’m two or three years older than most players here but they look at me as a very experienced player. I like that. I like to be a role model for other players.’ 

Arsenal’s new No.9 and No.11 sit and chat on the bikes as they continue pre-season training 

Meanwhile the Gunners are closing in on their fifth recruit of the window in Oleksandr Zinchenko – Jesus’ former team-mate at City.

Zinchenko, 25, was in the stands for Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Orlando City on Wednesday night as he nears a £32million move from Manchester City. 

Arteta wants to use Zinchenko at left back – as cover for Kieran Tierney – and in midfield.

The Gunners next pre-season friendly sees them take on London rivals Chelsea in Orlando, in the early hours of Sunday morning. 

Mikel Arteta is looking forward to reuniting with Oleksandr Zinchenko (right) at the Emirates




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