I would like to make the graph of this curve with Tikz; I am not quite sure how to do the diagram, detailing of the arrows and points. I would really appreciate your help.

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This is almost literally copied from section 50.6.1 of the pgf manual.

\begin{tikzpicture}[decoration={markings,% switch on markings
    mark=between positions 0.1 and 0.9 step 12mm with {\arrow{stealth}}},
    dot/.style={circle,inner sep=1pt,fill}]
  \draw[postaction={decorate},red] (0,0) node[dot,label=right:{$P_2(2,2)$}]{}
    arc[start angle=45,end angle=-135,radius=2] 
    -- cycle; 

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  • My post overlapped with yours. But I see you did essentially the same thing I did. May I suggest placing the decorations into its own style with tikzset as I did in my solution? I will delete mine since it's so similar and you posted first. Also, you may want to add the \gamma label to the arc.
    – Sandy G
    Nov 23, 2021 at 1:31
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    @SandyG Thanks for the heads up! I do not see a reason why you want to remove your nice answer. As for the style, yes, you can define a global style, and in many situations this is precisely what you want. However, there can also be a benefit from having the definition local, which the example in the pgf manual and this answer does.
    – user255043
    Nov 23, 2021 at 4:49

It is often useful to use \tikzset for a style you will use more than once. In the code below, adding multarrow to \draw options will add five arrows to the path.

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\tikzset{multarrow/.style={decoration={markings,mark=between positions 0.1 and 1 step 0.2 with {\arrow{>}}},postaction={decorate}}}


\draw[multarrow, red, thick] (-2,-2)node[fill, circle, inner sep=1pt, label={[below left] $P_1(-2,-2)$}]{} 
  -- (2,2)node[fill, circle, inner sep=1pt, label={[right] $P_2(2,2)$}]{} 
  arc(45:-135:{2*sqrt(2)})node[below right, pos=.3]{$\gamma$};


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