Alan Smith claims key Arsenal man looked tired against Southampton

According to Alan Smith, Gabriel Jesus looked tired in Arsenal’s match against Southampton today.

The striker has been a key player for the club this season and has been an ever-present since he secured a summer transfer to the Emirates.

Mikel Arteta has not exactly rested him as much as he should so far and it seems the accumulation of minutes is now affecting the striker.

Jesus remains one of Arsenal’s most important players, but Smith says now is probably the time to give Eddie Nketiah some minutes and rest the Brazilian.

He said during Sky Sports’ broadcast of the game:

“For me, [Jesus] looking a touch jaded. 

“It’s been a battle out there and he played most of the game on Thursday, Jesus. 

“He’s got Eddie Nketiah on the bench who does look lively these days coming on.” 

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Jesus has been one of the first names on the teamsheet at the Emirates and the striker certainly needs to rest in some games.

However, we need him now more than ever and he has to find a way to stay energetic to help the team.

But if the situation requires resting him for a few games, we must do that.

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10 Comments

  1. Allan Smith is right the lad is a shadow of his self.
    But a great deal of the entire team is for that matter.

    Am hoping and keeping my fingers cross for the entire team rested, it’s a matter of urgency

  2. No surprises there,this was to be expected.he went from being a squad player to playing every game or closed to.

  3. That Car of a guy got away with many fouls. He kept on holding and pulling Jesus and he got away with it. Saka got booked for a non existent dive. A good point considering Tottenham lost, Chelsea and Man UTD drew. We move on to the next game.

  4. Eleven odd games into what promises to be a long season, and we are already talking of players being tired!
    Are we in a different situation from other teams.
    Southampton played in midweek as we (and indeed everyone else) did.
    I just hope it’s not a sign of reemergence of our familiar malaise of tailing off woefully before the duel is over

    1. What planet are you from sir? Or you think football is as easy as battling with your keyboard from the comfort of your home? Well, if you must know below are the list of our last 6 matches,

      6th October Arsenal Vs Bodo/Glimt
      9th October Arsenal Vs Liverpool
      13th October Bodo/Glimt Vs Arsenal
      16th October Leeds Vs Arsenal
      20th October Arsenal Vs PSV
      23rd October Southampton Vs Arsenal

      Now that’s 6 matches in 17 days, so Arsenal players have been playing in every 4 days for more than 2 weeks. While Southampton played just 4 matches within that same period, I bet you have better reasons to at least appreciate the effort these guys put in.

  5. ANGELO, not a single one of our players played for all those games, except for a veryfew minutes as subs. Yet all our OUTFIELD players looked far too tired and more than they are entitled to be. Some could not or would not run with intensity after as soon as the 20th minute onwards.

    Sorry but your excuse won’t wash. All had three days rest and most could not run forcefully even after that opening short period. WE MUST DEMAND MORE EFFORT THAN THAT.
    I DO REALISE THAT OVERPLAYING PLAYERS MAKES THEM TIRED AND JESUS, IN PARTICULAR, HAS BEEN OVERPLAYED, THROUGH A LACK OF QUALITY ALTERNATIVE STRIKERS.

    BUT, IMO, HE IS THE ONLY ONE WITH ANY REAL EXCUSE.

  6. Jesus is not big enough or strong enough to lead the line as a single CF. We or he is playing the wrong type of game. He should be looking to run off and round his CFs not taking them on in duels. While i like Jesus, i like proper number 9s. Jesus is heading for burn out, if he or we dont change the way we play him. Saka, Jesus, Odergaard are very lightweight up front and need to play to their strengths not try to take people on in duels. Quick passing, plenty of movement and speed, not trying to batter CFs. We dont have a battering ram option and we may pay for that if we dont sort out the way we play. We have gone for the slow build up again recently and allow our space to be shut down. The front three should be working as a three, not three individuals. Jesus wont last much longer playing on his own.

  7. I THINK WE SHOULD PLAY NONE AT ALL OF OUR REGULAR STARTERS AT PSV.

    If we lose, which will then be likely, we still have the Zurich game at home and will need only one point. We should not, at this stage at least, sacrifice Prem points for Euro games. THE PLAYERS ARE RUNNING ON EMPTY(even though I find that disappointing at this still early stage) and we MUST rest them.

    IMO they have no right to be as tired as they are, Jesus being an exception, but we have to face facts, which shows they indeed ARE tired.

    1. Absolutely right Jon, there is no reason given our position in the group that any player who played against Southampton needs to play at PSV.

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