Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus is the most selected player in the history of Fantasy Premier League. The Brazilian has been chosen by 75% of Fantasy Premier League managers ahead of the new season, which begins on Friday evening.
The £45 million signing from Manchester City has had a productive pre-season, scoring seven goals, including two on debut and a hat-trick in Sunday’s 6-0 thrashing of Sevilla.
He is one of five forwards who cost £8 million to begin their FPL careers, less than Harry Kane and Erling Haaland, who cost £11.5 million each, and Cristiano Ronaldo, who costs £10.5 million. Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Chelsea’s German stars Kai Havertz and Timo Werner, and Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino are the other forwards who cost £8 million.
Almost three-quarters of FPL users want to use Jesus to fire them to glory, and based on his start at the Emirates, the 25-year-old is ready to rack up some points this season. Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy and Liverpool stars Trent Alexander-Arnold and Mohamed Salah are also popular choices.
Arsenal have strengthen significantly this summer transfer window
After missing out on Champions League qualification to archrivals Tottenham last May, Arsenal fans will be hoping Jesus can propel the Gunners into the top four this season. Jesus has taken over for the departing Frenchman Alexandre Lacazette, and so far the signs are promising as they aim to return to the top table of European football for the first time since 2018.
Mikel Arteta, the club’s manager, has been active in the transfer market this summer, bringing in Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko, Porto’s Fabio Vieira, Brazilian teenager Marquinhos, and USA goalkeeper Matt Turner. The Gunners begin their Premier League campaign on Friday night, when they travel to Selhurst Park to face Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace.