Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has said signing Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City last summer “changed our world”.
The Gunners landed Jesus in a £45 million deal and the Brazilian has breathed fresh life into their attack as they launched an unexpected title challenge, before finishing five points behind champions Manchester City.
Jesus’ start to the 2023/2024 campaign was delayed after he underwent a second minor operation.
However, he came off the bench to score in Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Manchester United before the international break.
It was his 12th goal in 35 appearances for the club.
“If you look at the last six or seven months for Gabi, with the long-term injury he had and the amount of football that he missed, then he came back in preseason and he started to get his rhythm again — and then he had another injury, another surgery.
“So we have to build him up. He is a tremendous player, a really important player for us. He changed our world last season. You could all see that. He is going to be a really important player for us.
“I think he brought a different energy, a different belief, a different threat, a different fear to opponents. And he did it in a really natural way. He contributed hugely to the step that we had last season,” Arteta said.