Arteta opens up on why Gabriel Jesus is a defender’s nightmare

Gabriel Jesus has played a part in all four goals of Arsenal’s in the 4-2 victory over Leicester this afternoon, and manager Mikel Arteta is rightfully pleased with his summer signing.

The Gunners were in top form today, storming off into a 2-0 lead before the break, before cancelling out two Foxes goals almost immediately to retain a two-goal advantage almost entirely throughout the second-half.

That man Jesus was the one to bag both first-half goals, before teeing up Granit Xhaka and Gabriel Martinelli for our two after the interval, and it was no surprise that reporters were quick to question Arteta about him in his post-match conference.

“We know what Gabi can do,” Arteta told reporters after the full-time whistle (via Football.London). “He scored two and got two assists and is still disappointed because he thinks he should have scored four. That’s the standard, that’s the mentality. You need to go to a different level.

“I wouldn’t like to play against him. I’ve never been a defender, but I can imagine I wouldn’t enjoy it. He’s so mobile, so intuitive, always sharp and proactive to play in any moment and phase in the game, and it’s a real threat.”

Jesus was in top form in pre-season, and while we wanted to hold our reservations a little going into the Premier League season, he has made a huge impact today in only our second outing of the term.

Jesus really looks like he could be the man to take us to that next level, and we now look like we have a squad who should well be challenging for the top four, and I know we hate to get too carried away early on, but it feels like everything is falling into place at the Emirates.


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  1. I totally agree with you for the first time after a long time. Congratulations arteta, Congratulations boys. We move!

  2. What a signing Jesus has been, am still amazed I didn’t realize how technically gifted he was playing at city.

    Jesus plays like he is 6ft 4in at times a real handful in the opposition box very lively constantly focus and alert.

    I gave him a 9 plus

    1. He is making runs and our players are not seeing him, he can get better but our other players feeding him have to also.

      1. Reggie
        It takes time playing together to get that chemistry right.
        Players like Savic and Paqueta would take less time to fit in perfectly.

        Really wants to see Vieira, seems he was brought in for that creativity in making those key passes.
        In my opinion the need is greater for a ball carrying midfielder like Frankie de joong, he would improve our team instantly

        1. Gunsmoke, i think our players first thought should be to hit Martinelli, Saka and Jesus as soon as they can. Jesus is making runs and not getting the right balls. Yes i accept it takes time but we should be spotting runs from forwards. Odergaard for one should be dipping his digestive.

  3. Happy for my team that we have Jesus but I am not too pleased with having conceded 2 goals. Our defense is still shaky and is going to cost Arsenal that top 4 position again

  4. The is a light at the end of a tunnel at last our glory days are becoming a reality I see some couple of trophies coming our way oh league title is also a possibility

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