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Smith Rowe- Jesus Man City experience can help Arsenal

Gabriel Jesus can help Arsenal discover a “winning mentality” after joining Premier League champions Manchester City, according to his new Gunners team-mate Emile Smith Rowe.

Brazil striker Jesus left Pep Guardiola’s team for Arsenal in a deal worth around £45million after starting just 28 games in all competitions last season, scoring 13 goals.

Only Riyad Mahrez (24), Kevin De Bruyne (19), Raheem Sterling (17) and Phil Foden (14) outscored Jesus for City last term despite his limited playing time, as Guardiola’s men successfully defended their title by a single point ahead of Liverpool.

Meanwhile, only Lionel Messi (291), Sterling (186), De Bruyne (175) and Sergio Aguero (151) can better Jesus’ tally of 136 goal contributions under Guardiola’s management, with the forward winning ten pieces of silverware in his time with City.

Smith Rowe believes his experience featuring for an elite side will benefit the Gunners.

He told the Evening Standard:

“He’s been fantastic since he came in; it feels like he’s been here for a couple of years.

“Everyone knows how good he is, and we can’t wait to start with him. Man City are a big club, and they’ve won a lot recently.

“It would be good if he could bring that [winning] mentality and help us out.”

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Smith Rowe- Jesus Man City experience can help Arsenal

Jesus netted in Arsenal’s friendly win over Everton last time, taking him to three goals in two pre-season appearances for his new side.

But the 25-year-old is not the only signing made by Mikel Arteta during the transfer window, with Porto’s 22-year-old midfielder Fabio Vieira joining for an initial fee of £ 30 million (€35m).

And Smith Rowe was keen to emphasise Vieira’s similarity to another Portuguese midfielder, City’s Bernardo Silva, as he hailed his creative talents.

Smith Rowe said of Vieira:

“He’s very similar [to Silva].

“He’s an excellent ball passer, his left foot is perfect, and he likes to create goals and score them himself.

“I’ve already played against him at the international level, so I can’t speak highly enough of him, and the fans should be excited.

“At the Euro Under-21s, they [Portugal] beat us 2-0, and he was unbelievable in that game.”

Arsenal will feature in the Europa League after a late-season collapse saw rivals Tottenham beat them to a top-four Premier League finish last time.

Smith Rowe says the Gunners are desperate to atone for that disappointment in the 2022-23 campaign.

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Smith Rowe- Jesus Man City experience can help Arsenal

“It’s tough looking back on it. But, it was in our hands. The Spurs game [a 3-0 defeat in May]… was tough. It wasn’t a nice atmosphere. All the boys were down,” he recalled.

“The manager picked us up, and we had another chance after that, but it didn’t go our way in the end.

“In the future, we have just got to stick together as a team. We are a young team; we are still getting there. It’s fuel for us in the future, and we can’t wait to start the season.

“It will be a good season, a tough season. The big clubs are buying players; every season is hard, but we are confident.

“It’s been a long time since we’ve been in the Champions League. We need to get back in it, not just for us but the fans.”

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