Jejus, finally in Arteta’s arms… $70 million to wear Arsenal jersey

Jejus in Arsenal jersey

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(Seoul = Yonhap News) Reporter Hong-seok Ahn = ‘Goalkeeper’ Gabrieu Jejus (25, Brazil) finally wore the England professional soccer Arsenal uniform.

Arsenal announced on the 5th (local time) that they had signed a long-term contract with Jeju, who played for Manchester City.

Arsenal did not disclose the duration of the contract, but local media reported that it was five years until the summer of 2027. The transfer fee is said to be around 45 million pounds (about 70.7 billion won).

With this, Arsenal will be able to fill the void between Pierre-Emric Aubameyang, who left for FC Barcelona (Spain) during the last season, and Alexandre Lacazette, who returned to her hometown Olympique Lyon (France) last month.

Jejus at Man City
Jejus at Man City

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Jejus’ position in the team was narrowed after Manchester City recently signed ‘monster goalkeeper’ Elling Halan.

Jejus is a goalkeeper who can play both in the front and on the flanks.

Debuting in the Premier League with Manchester City in the 2016-2017 season, he scored 58 goals in 159 regular league matches and 95 goals in 236 official matches.

He has won 11 trophies in total, including 4 Premier League titles with Manchester City.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta previously coached Jejus as a Manchester City coach.

“I used to stick with Mikel and practice shooting with Mikel during training at Manchester City as well as after that,” said Jejus. “He is a good coach. I trust him 100%.”

Jejus lifting the trophy at Manchester City
Jejus lifting the trophy at Manchester City

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Arteta said, “The club has done a great job of bringing Jejus. “We worked hard for a long time to get a good striker, but we got the player we all wanted. I’m very happy.”

Arsenal finished fifth in the EPL last season and will not qualify for the UEFA Champions League next season.

As the club succeeded in signing the undisputed ‘big name’ of Jejus, there is one more reason for manager Arteta to put Arsenal in the top four next season.

Meanwhile, Arsenal’s next target is Argentine defender Lisandro Martinez, who plays for Ajax (Netherlands). Manchester United are also aiming for Martinez, and a fierce competition is expected to unfold.

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