Gabriel Jesus' epic warm-up routine with Neymar for Brazil in 2017 as Arsenal move nears

  • Kobe Tong
Brazil's Jesus and Neymar.

Gabriel Jesus to Arsenal is go, go, go.

Or, ‘here we go’ if your name is Fabrizio Romano with the revered journalist confirming on Sunday evening that the Brazil striker’s switch from the Etihad Stadium to Emirates Stadium is now a done deal.

It’s reported that personal terms have been agreed with his agent Marcelo Pettinati and his two partners, completing a five-year deal for Jesus with Manchester City set to pocket a fee of £45 million.

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All in all, it makes for one of the most eye-catching Premier League deals of the summer transfer window so far because it’s not every day that you see a top-class striker moving between ‘big six’ clubs.

While City’s loss is infinitely assuaged by the arrivals of Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez, there’s no denying that they are still losing one of the most underrated centre forwards in the division.

Jesus is by no means perfect and there are plenty of statistics to prove as much, but let’s not get so lost in the data that we forget about the bigger picture because there’s no disputing the lad’s talent.

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We are, after all, talking about a player who plundered his way to 95 goals in 236 games for the Citizens all before his 26th birthday and mostly while having to compete with none other than Sergio Aguero.

And lest we forget that Jesus even did phenomenally well out on the right wing last season when Pep Guardiola was experimenting with his tactics at the Etihad Stadium in the post-Aguero era.

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The technical prowess of Jesus

However, even if you’re still wagging your finger in the ardent belief that Arsenal are flushing money down the toilet in signing Jesus, surely we can all agree that his raw, untamed footballing talent is pretty darn excellent.

You know, that pure ability with the ball at one’s feet that transcends however many goals you’re scoring or how many games you might be playing at a professional level.

Well, it just so happens that Jesus – like so many of his compatriots – excels in that very department with the Arsenal-bound forward proving his point in pretty emphatic style with Neymar back in 2017.

Brazil's Neymar and Jesus.
Football Soccer – Brazil v Bolivia – World Cup 2018 Qualifier – Dunas Arena Stadium, Natal, Brazil – 6/10/16. Brazil’s Gabriel Jesus (R) celebrates his goal with teammate Neymar. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

Jesus’ viral warm-up with Neymar

The 56-cap Brazil international went viral for frankly making us mere mortals feel like we can’t even kick a football properly by partaking in one of the most effortless warm-up routines that we’ve ever seen.

Ahead of a World Cup qualifier against Ecuador, the Brazilian pair put on an impromptu talent show for the 55,000 fans inside the Arena do Gremio with a marathon of keepy-uppies between each other.

From simple headers to gorgeous little flicks, we’re still in awe of Jesus and Neymar turning on the style so stylishly all these years later, so be sure to check out their circus routine down below:

Cue nervous laughter and the crushing feeling of inadequacy.

Well, at least the warm-ups will be good…

Don’t get it twisted, Jesus being able to pull off a fancy warm-up routine provides approximately zero insight into how he’ll perform at Arsenal, but boy does it still give us a whopping reminder of just how extraordinary professional players really are.

And if absolutely else, it can reassure Gooners that they have signed a player who has all the fundamentals and raw skills from which he can springboard into well and truly thriving in north London.

Jesus and Neymar in Brazil training.
Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup – Brazil Training Camp – Tottenham Hotspur Training Ground, London, Britain – May 28, 2018 Brazil’s Neymar and Gabriel Jesus during training Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra

Well, that, or the worst-case scenario where Jesus proves to be a complete flop, but at least puts on an entertaining show before kick-off assuming someone can be his Neymar substitute…

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