Mikel Arteta opens up his expectations for Gabriel Jesus

Mikel Arteta spoke to the press ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League opener with Crystal Palace on Friday, and he admits that Gabriel Jesus has adapted well so far.

The Brazilian has signed from Manchester City this summer to take up the main centre-forward role, with Alexandre Lacazette moving on at the end of his previous contract, and has hit the ground running with seven goals from his five outings in pre-season.

Confidence is extremely high in regards to both the team and the impact that Jesus could have going into the new season, but Arteta is reluctant to pile the pressure on his new signing, asking his entire team to contribute instead.

“When you bring top players, they are coming from top clubs and they have been extremely successful over the years, they’re going to expect that. The role that Gabby has here is going to be very different to the role that Gabby had in his previous club. That needs some adaptation and some time. He’s done it fantastically well and we’re all surprised how quickly he’s done it, but we have to share that responsibility and he’s an enormous talent, a player with a mentality that is so contagious and he’s going to give us a lot, but it’s a team contribution at the end of the day.”

I don’t believe there is many Gooners out there who aren’t expecting a quick start to the campaign for the Brazilian, but I like to air on the side of caution.

Preseason has definitely increased expectations tenfold, and that could work for or against us, but should we be able to continue our fine form into the new season, this could well be huge for us.



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  1. Preseason has worked wonders for us, having bottle the top four finish the preseason results has brought renew hope and optimism right across the fan base.

    It’s not just the result from the game we had played in preseason but the manner how we went about it,
    One of the most impressive things observed in preseason was all the top team we played that came at us playing toe to toe comes on the end of heavy defeats and believe me when I say the results does not flatter us.

    Am still stun with my experience in the Camping Arena Florida.

  2. That is what you get from a confident team, playing with cohesion and the realization that the could be 2nd, 3rd and the least 4th. coming close to 4th last season, changed a lot of things about the believe of the club as a whole. Because, to be honest who would have thought we’d come that close to 3rd and 4th last season. The boys came close, now the believe is, if we are that close last season, then getting 3rd or 4th is the least. if not 2nd. As you can see, that is what the team, the fans and the club as whole are gunning for. In my dream last, I saw Crystal:0:4: Arsenal

  3. ?The opening fixture against Palace will not be easy as Vieira is a past master and must have observed Arsenal preseason games closely. However, with the current form of Gabriel Jesus, the experience and skill of Zinchenko and the form of Saka, Odegaard and Martinelli along with the steel of Saliba and Gabriel, I believe we should be able to beat Palace and exact revenge for our defeat against them last season. So much for a winning start to the new season.

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