Dietmar Hamann labels Pep Guardiola’s call to sell Gabriel Jesus ‘a mistake’ and warns Man City Erling Haaland’s injury record could see them regret the Brazil star’s Arsenal move
- Dietmar Hamann has said Manchester City made ‘a mistake’ in selling Gabriel Jesus
- The ex-City player questioned Erling Haaland’s fitness record as Jesus joins Arsenal
- Hamann added that Jesus has ‘brilliant’ stats for City and ‘scored a lot of goals’
Manchester City have made a mistake in selling Gabriel Jesus to Arsenal, according to former player Dietmar Hamann.
The 25-year-old Brazilian made the £45million switch from City to the Gunners earlier this week and has completed his medical at the Emirates.
He is expected to put pen to paper on a five-year contract at Arsenal, as he looks to get regular starting time after failing to hold down a starting spot under Pep Guardiola.
Dietmar Hamann said Manchester City have made ‘a mistake’ in selling forward Gabriel Jesus
Erling Haaland’s arrival likely meant less game time for Jesus so he has moved to rivals Arsenal
But Hamann has warned that losing Jesus could be very costly for Guardiola and City, given the chequered fitness history of new arrival Erling Haaland.
‘Pep Guardiola is making a mistake by letting Gabriel Jesus leave,’ Hamann told Genting Casino.
‘Erling Haaland has had his injury problems and the Premier League is a very physical league.’
While one of the biggest young stars on the planet, Haaland has yet to test himself in the rigours of Premier League football and has already spent time on the sidelines.
Hamann questioned Haaland’s injury history ahead of his debut season in the Premier League
Haaland missed 16 matches for Borussia Dortmund last season due to three injury spells
The 22-year-old missed 16 games for Borussia Dortmund last season because of injury, with three separate spells away from the pitch. He also missed 10 matches the season before.
Hamann also heaped praised on Jesus’ goalscoring abilities. The Brazilian was more often deployed as a wide attacker under Guardiola and not given the No 9 responsibility like his predecessor Sergio Aguero.
As such his ability in front of goal has been constantly questioned, but Hamann firmly disagrees with the analysis.
Hamann said Jesus ‘scored a lot of goals’ for City and had ‘brilliant’ stats during his time there
‘If you look at Gabriel Jesus’ stats, they’re brilliant,’ Hamann said. ‘He’s scored a lot of goals for them so I’m surprised he’s been allowed to leave.’
Without Jesus, Guardiola has no experienced back-up should Haaland get injured, with Raheem Sterling close to signing for league rivals Chelsea.
City have signed Julian Alvarez from River Plate but he is also untested in the Premier League.