Exclusive: Cesc Fabregas has already given blunt Gabriel Jesus to Arsenal transfer verdict

The former Arsenal skipper has already given his view on the Gunners’ new striker, saying the Brazilian striker “can do a little bit of everything” but is not “amazing at anything”.

Arsenal legend Cesc Fabregas has already given his verdict on new signing Gabriel Jesus, saying he expected the Gunners to “sign another type of striker”.

The 25-year-old was unveiled today with the number nine shirt, after signing from Manchester City for £45million.

The forward worked with Gunners manager Mikel Arteta in Manchester, and links with Arsenal’s Brazilian director of football Edu helped seal the deal.

However former skipper Cesc Fabregas has already had his say on Jesus, and he’s unsure if he is the right fit at the Emirates.

Cesc Fabregas playing for Arsenal. Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

“I expected Arsenal to sign another type of striker - someone who attacks the space more,” Fabregas - who played 212 times for the Gunners - said ahead of the North London derby.

“I really like him as a player and I think he can do a little bit of everything, but I wouldn’t say he’s amazing at anything.

“At the end of the day, Gabriel Jesus plays in a team that are so dominant in every single game.

“Sometimes as a player in that situation, when you’ve got De Bruyne, Gundogan and Bernardo Silva behind you, it can feel easy for you as a player.”

Arsenal unveil new signing Gabriel Jesus at Emirates Stadium. Credit: Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images

However Fabregas isn’t sure Jesus will get the same service in north London, compared with the Premier League champions.

“At Arsenal, for some time at least, he will not have those kind of players behind him,” the Spaniard told LondonWorld.

“Saka, Odegaard … they need maybe two or three more years playing together and getting used to the Premier League before they get to that level.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta with new signing Gabriel Jesus at London Colney. Credit: Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images

“Definitely he [Jesus] is a very good player but it would be a case of seeing if he can adapt to the Arsenal philosophy.”

However the Spanish World Cup winner did think that Mikel Arteta needed to add goals to his squad.

“The only thing missing [for Arsenal] you could say is the striker,” he said.

“I think if they had a consistent striker, a top player who scores 25 to 30 goals a season like Liverpool with Salah, that would take them to the next level.”

And Arteta admitted that he had been looking to buy a goalscorer from some time.

He said: “I’m very excited. The club has done a tremendous job to recruit a player of this stature.

“I know Gabriel personally very well, and we all know him well from his time in the Premier League and being really successful here.

“This is a position that’s been on our radar for a long time now and we have managed to get a player that we all wanted, so I’m really happy.”

Gabriel Jesus with Director of Football Edu. Credit: Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images

While technical director Edu said: “We are delighted that we have secured the transfer of Gabriel. Everyone who knows football well, knows the qualities of Gabriel Jesus.

“Gabriel is a player who we have admired for a long time now. He is 25 years old and an established Brazil international who has consistently demonstrated that he is a player at a very high level.

“We look forward to seeing him join up with his new teammates ahead of the new season. We all welcome Gabriel to Arsenal.”