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Man City: Guardiola lifts the lid on Zinchenko and Jesus’ moves to Arsenal

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The former Man City duo have been fundamental to Arsenal’s bid to win the Premier League.

Pep Guardiola has explained why Manchester City agreed to sell Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko to Arsenal last summer.

Mikel Arteta, who worked as Guardiola’s assistant before taking charge at Arsenal, secured summer transfers for the former City pair.

Both players found their respective places in Arsenal’s lineup quickly, helping them reach the top of the Premier League table.

It seems that City shot themselves in the foot by selling Zinchenko and Jesus to their direct league rivals. But Guardiola insists he doesn’t keep players who want to be elsewhere.

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“When they want to leave they cannot stay,” he said.

“I wish the best for Gabriel and Oleks. They are fantastic people, and they helped us a lot. I never say one player leave, it’s the club and it’s their decision.

“Erling [Haaland] and Julian [Alvarez] came and it’s difficult for Gabriel. What happened with Gabriel is normal. It was a good deal.

“For the players that were here, Gabriel, Raheem [Sterling], Oleks. I have a big thank you for what they have done for us.

“It was a good transfer for the club. We are not in the position we are because we do not have Oleks or Gabriel.”