Ronaldinho expects ‘big things’ from Jesus and backs Arsenal for UEFA Champions League return


Ronaldinho has backed Gabriel Jesus to show he is one of the best players in Europe following his transfer to Arsenal, who he expects to seal a return to the Champions League.

The Gunners paid a reported £45million to sign the Brazilian striker from Manchester City and Jesus quickly made his mark in last weekend’s 4-2 win against Leicester City.

Jesus’ performances helped Arsenal join City as the only Premier League side to win their opening two games of the season, providing an early boost to Mikel Arteta’s hopes of guiding the club to a top-four finish.

Ronaldinho believes Arsenal will not be the only ones to benefit as the legendary Brazilian feels Jesus has now been handed a platform to show he is one of the best players on the continent.

“When Gabriel joined Manchester City, I said he would be one of the best players in the world,” he told the Mirror.

“He showed what he was capable of when he got the chance – but he was never shown the love a player of his quality deserves at Manchester City.

“At Arsenal he got the chance to be the focal point, the coach and the fans showed him love and he’s already paying it back.

“I expect big things from him this season – he will repay the love shown in him by showing that he is not only one of the best players in the Premier League but also in Europe.”

With the signing of Jesus along with the captures of Oleksandr Zinchenko and Fabio Vieira, Ronaldinho is confident that Arsenal can at least secure a return to the Champions League.

“Arsenal will get back into the top four this season with the signings they’ve made – maybe they can even go above and challenge for the title,” he added.

“Manchester City look very strong and will be favorites – but anything is possible in football.”

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