New Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus has insisted that he “does not want to become the new Thierry Henry” and wants to establish his own Emirates legacy.
The 25-year-old signed for the Gunners on a five-year contract from Manchester City earlier this month, with Mikel Arteta’s side forking out a £45m fee to acquire his services.
Jesus arrives at the Emirates seeking to become Arsenal’s first-choice striker after Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s exits, and he has taken the former’s number nine jersey.
The Brazil international has since revealed that the pull of 228-goal Henry was too strong to ignore, but he is out to create his own chapter in North London rather than be known as the new Henry.
“When you say Arsenal, you mean Thierry Henry. Thierry is unique, he is one of the greatest players ever,” Jesus said in an interview with Goal.
“But I don’t want to be the new Thierry Henry. I want to make myself a name in this club’s history. I will be there: 90 minutes per game in the box, trying to score, trying to help.
“Not only with goals, also with assists. Covering the ball. Running, in my style. Never stop. Helping my team, helping my team-mates. Yeah, that’s me.”
Jesus arrives at the Emirates after winning no fewer than 11 trophies during his time at Man City, including four Premier League titles, four EFL Cups, one FA Cup and two Community Shields.