Spurs Preview: Gabriel Jesus thanks Arteta for giving him freedom and “a smile on my face”

There is no doubt that Mikel has been proved absolutely right to make Gabriel Jesus Arsenal’s main transfer target in the summer, with the Brazilian scoring 4 goals and adding 3 assists in our seven games so far.

Jesus told ESPN Brazil that he was no longer enjoying his football under Pep Guardiola at Man City, so he was very specific in his talks with Mikel Arteta to make sure he was the given the free role he craved in the Arsenal tactical setup. It certainly seems to have worked out in Arsenal’s favour!

“It is different here at Arsenal.” he said. “The football is different – different players, different ways to play.

“At City, it was different. The striker didn’t touch the ball that much, you see this by watching the games. And, when it was time to touch the ball, it was not the striker, because [Guardiola] ended up putting a midfielder to come closer. OK, fine. So, I decided to change.”

“I talked a lot with Arteta about Arsenal’s style. He knows me, I know him, I understood what he wanted from me. Now, I’m free on the pitch, playing football with a smile on my face and trying to do my best all the time.”

Well, we all hope he is smiling tomorrow after the North London Derby. This will be his first one and he is looking to start a streak of wins again the Spuds. “I’ve had some experience of derbies, like when I played for Palmeiras, City and Brazil.” he said. “So, I know what a derby is, but I never played one Arsenal versus Tottenham here. So, it will be my first and I hopefully to get the win, not only in my first but all the derbies that I will play.”

Come on Jesus, you got your smile, now give all us gooners one tomorrow!

Sam P


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  1. It seems MA has taken more from AW than PG in the way he manages his players, relying on their natural abilities, rather than trying to coach their natural ability out of them by playing a system that doesn’t suit them…. at least with the likes of Jesus and Saliba for example.

    I note both managers are playing mind games with regards to injuries, it will be interesting to see who actually plays.

    1. Organisationally particularly out of possession, he leans heavily on the style Pep is a fan of. Wenger as well worked on the passing patterns etc. rigorously it was pretty rigid that way not going out and just playing. Mourinho/Wenger were essentially opposites with both willing to allow opposite sides of the team more freedom to just get on with it attack for Mourinho, and defence for Wenger. Wenger also famously converted players’ positions to great success and was more than happy playing Ramsey RW. Do agree though that Arteta does not appear to be quite as rigid in his constraints as Pep is and has definitely taken influence from Wenger’s attacking approach which was organised.

  2. And I thank Mikel for putting a smile on my face after he banished the parasites. Edge of the seats football has returned back after years of useless and nonsense tikitaka or call it what you like and the useless pals who were fortunate to done our iconic shirt.

    1. Must have been miserable winning fa cups, qualifying for the CL and finishing in the top four decade after decade.
      Let’s hope the smile won’t be wiped off your face like it was at the end of last season 😢😢😢😢😢

      1. Agree in general but the last swipe is odd as surely your smile was wiped off your face as well unless you celebrated the end of last season.

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