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Gabriel Jesus reveals surprise thing Man City fans did to him after Arsenal switch

Arsenal star Gabriel Jesus has now played for three clubs across two continents in his career, having joined from Manchester City in 2022.

Jesus spent over five years at Man City before making the switch to Mikel Arteta’s side, whom he helped carry to a title challenge against his former club last season.
The 26-year-old moved to City as a breakout young star for Brazilian side Palmeiras, and whilst there was a huge difference in quality between a side at the top end of the Premier League, and the then-Champions of Brazil, he has also explained the difference between the fans in both countries.

Gabriel Jesus reveals Man City fan surprise after Arsenal return

Jesus was a well-respected figure at Man City, having won four Premier League titles and scored 95 goals for the club before his move, and he has featured against his old club twice since, once at the Etihad Stadium and once at the Emirates.

Speaking to Brazilian YouTuber Cartoloucos, Jesus admitted his surprise that upon his return to the Etihad, he was applauded by Man City fans when warming up for what was a huge game in the title race.
Since I left City, I have played against them twice. I entered the field to warm up and people applauded,” he stated.

“There isn’t that (booing and swearing) that you would have in Brazil. But it largely depends on the player’s profile, what he did during his time at the club and after.”

Gabriel Jesus earned respect during his time at Man City
English fan culture is far away from Brazil’s in terms of noise and hostility within the stadiums, and it is no surprise to see that Jesus got a warmer reception from City fans than he would have if he had joined a title rival from Palmeiras.

There is little reason for Man City fans to dislike Jesus, given his significant contributions to the club over the years, and the fact that the club facilitated his exit to sign Erling Haaland.

Arsenal were not title challengers when he joined, but they were by the time they travelled to the Etihad with Jesus in tow. He recently admitted that he is now loving his time in North London, and he has helped bridge the gap between the Gunners and his former side.

Arsenal fans know all too well about giving former players hostile receptions after they joined rival clubs, with Emmanuel Adebayor running across the Etihad pitch to antagonise them after he scored against the Gunners for Man City, and Robin van Persie also losing his popularity after a controversial move to Manchester United, but Jesus has done little to earn a similar level of hatred from his old supporters.

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