Arsenal confirm Gabriel Jesus’ shirt number

Arsenal forward Gabriel Jesus has been assigned the club’s number nine shirt following his £45m arrival from Manchester City.

The number had previously been worn by Alexandre Lacazette since 2017 until his departure as a free agent at the end of June.

Arsenal technical director Edu has confirmed that Jesus is player the club had already admired for ‘a long time’, with manager Mikel Arteta describing the Gunners hierarchy as doing a ‘tremendous job’ to secure a deal for the Brazil international.

Jesus was Manchester City’s number nine for three seasons from 2019, having initially worn 33 in his first three years at the club. He has also been Brazil’s number nine at three major international tournaments, including the last World Cup in 2018.

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