The Athletic reported on Friday evening that the clubs had reached an agreement for the transfer and despite previous interest in the player from Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea, Arsenal are now set to land their top striker target this window.
The Brazil international will become Arsenal’s fourth acquisition of the summer after the arrivals of Marquinhos, Matt Turner and Fabio Vieira. Jesus, who had a year left on his City contract, moved to the Etihad in January 2017 and went on to score 58 goals in 159 Premier League matches.
The 25-year-old will be foregoing Champions League football for at least one season by joining Arsenal but will be reunited with Mikel Arteta, who he worked with while the Gunners boss was assistant to Pep Guardiola between 2016 and 2019.
Gabriel Jesus agrees to a five-year deal at Arsenal
The arrival of Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund at City would limit Jesus’s chances of playing as a central striker next season, the final of his contract, and he has seen fit to look elsewhere after five-and-a-half seasons in Manchester, having joined the club from Palmeiras in 2017.
Under Guardiola, Gabriel Jesus played across the front three but struggled to be selected as a No 9. Last season he scored eight times in 28 Premier League appearances.
Arsenal begins their 2022-23 Premier League campaign away to Crystal Palace on August 5.
Source: The Atheltic