'It's bizarre': Glen Johnson left absolutely stunned by signing that Arsenal have made this summer
Arsenal recently completed the signing of Gabriel Jesus in what is one of the biggest deals of the window so far. But ex-Chelsea and Liverpool man Glen Johnson has told GG Recon that he is surprised that Jesus has moved to the Emirates Stadium.
The Brazilian striker has certainly hit the ground running in pre-season for Mikel Arteta’s side and has gelled instantly with his new teammates.
But Johnson feels Jesus would have joined London rivals Chelsea this summer if they moved for him.
Johnson stunned by Arsenal signing Jesus
“A striker that’s already performed within the Premier League is always better than a striker brought in from a different league,” he said.
“They’ve already established what they’re capable of. With Gabriel Jesus, I think Chelsea should have bit Manchester City’s arm off to try and get him to be honest. Actually, I’m surprised that City even let him go. And I’m certainly surprised that he’s ended up at Arsenal.”
The former England and Stoke City defender said the 25-year-old would have probably chosen Chelsea over joining Arteta in North London.
He added: “Again, no offence to Arsenal, but I’m pretty certain that, if Chelsea had wanted him, he would have gone to Chelsea. It’s bizarre how he left and it’s bizarre where he’s landed. For me, Jesus is a top player and, though he’s still young, he’s already done it for a top team in a top league, so why wouldn’t you want him?”
Of course, Jesus ended up reuniting with Arteta at Arsenal after he coached the player during his time at City.
It’s likely that this relationship helped the Gunners secure the signing despite being unable to offer the striker Champions League football.
Chelsea are still on the lookout for a striker after allowing Romelu Lukaku to return to Inter Milan on loan this summer. But it seems that the Blues opted against moving for Jesus.
The Brazilian won four Premier League titles during his time at City and will bring great experience, as well as quality to Arsenal’s team this season.
Although Johnson is surprised by the move, it seems to make a lot of sense for Jesus as he links up with Arteta once again, as well as Brazilian teammates such as Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Magalhaes.
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