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New faces, old guards battle for space

Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta knows what Gabriel Jesus can bring to his side

The Telegraph Published 05.08.22, 03:30 AM
Pep Guardiola.

Pep Guardiola. File Photo

Erling Haaland, the 22-year old Norway striker who was prolific in Germany with Borussia Dortmund and also has broken a number of Champions League scoring records, is the marquee acquisition of a wild off-season of transfer dealings in the Premier League.

Big, strong, fast and a fantastic finisher, Haaland beefs up a department of the squad Manchester City were most short in. Julian Alvarez has arrived from River Plate after being loaned back to the Buenos Aires club after signing a deal with City in January.


Darwin Nunez, the Liverpool recruit, shone in the Community Shield final against City. The 23-year-old Uruguayan netted 34 goals in 41 games for Benfica last season and his performances in the Champions League caught the eye of Juergen Klopp.

Gabriel Jesus, who is still only 25, was sometimes overshadowed at Man City and played in a wide role, but he scored 95 goals in 236 appearances in all competitions and played an important role in four Premier League titles in five seasons.

Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta knows what the Brazilian can bring to his side, having worked with him while being assistant to Pep Guardiola, and is likely to use him as the fulcrum of the attack. Defender Lisandro Martinez joined Manchester United from Ajax for nearly $58 million.

Martinez links up again with Erik ten Hag, who he played under at Ajax, in a signal that the team will have more of a possession-based style this season. Martinez is a ball-playing defender and left-footed. Brazilian Richarlison (Everton to Tottenham Hotspur), Raheem Sterling (Man City to Chelsea), Christian Eriksen (United from Brentford) and Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli to Chelsea) are some of the other big transfers.

(Written with inputs from Reuters)

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