The Brazilian international was the top signing of the Tyneside winter spending spree and feels he can outrun the Gunners
Bruno Guimaraes feels Newcastle can “definitely” eclipse former Arsenal contenders as a Premier League heavyweight, with the Magpies’ new boy stating he believes they can become a bigger club than the Gunners.
The Brazilian international was the crown jewel of a £90m ($122m) winter spending spree on Tyneside, with Eddie Howe’s side defeating the North London side in the former Lyon signing.
Speaking ahead of a possible debut against Everton this week, the 24-year-old – who has made no secret of his desire to test himself at the highest level – added that he saw no reason why his new club couldn’t increase its reputation. as well as his peers, including the other top English side who courted his services.
What was said?
“Definitely,” Guimaraes told The Guardian when asked if Newcastle could be a bigger team than Arsenal. “It is already a club with a great tradition, a great history.
“I have no doubts about my decision to come here. I believe in everything the owners have told me about their project. We will be a great power in world football.
“This season the idea is to stay in the Premier League, but the main objective for the next few years is to be in the Champions League and eventually win the Champions League.”
Guimarães explains shirt number selection
When he takes the field for the first time, Guimaraes will sport Newcastle’s number 39 this term, a choice that is rooted in personal preference rather than the traditional hierarchy of the squad, as he explained.
“My father was a taxi driver for 20 years and number 39 was his taxi number,” he added. “So when I signed for my first professional club, Athletico Paranaense, he asked me to take his number for my shirt.
“He supported my family when I was growing up and we won four league titles at Paranaense, so it was also lucky for me on the pitch. I take it everywhere with me.”
Newcastle faces life-or-death survival attempt
Having spent the money under their new ownership last month, the Magpies have undoubtedly strengthened dramatically against their rivals at the foot of the Premier League table.
But former Bournemouth boss Howe will not be under the illusion that time is running out to ensure the road to safety is an easy one for his side.
After Everton, matches with Aston Villa and West Ham will present indisputably strong points possibilities – but the Tyneside team will be aware that every game without points is another pitfall that must be faced.
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