Should Arsenal be worried about Gabriel Jesus’ lack of goals? New striker needed?

Should we be worried about Gabriel Jesus’s lack of goals?

By Vivek Julka

Firstly, Gabriel Jesus has been a great signing for Arsenal since arriving in the summer. He has added a different energy to the team and has come with a winning mentality as he won many trophies at Man City. Jesus is one of the main reasons we are top the league.

However, his goals have dried up over the past month and has not scored since the first of October against Spurs. That means he has not scored in our past eight games. I am concerned as we do need more goals from him if we really want to challenge for the league. We are getting away with it now as other players are stepping up for goals such as Gabriel Martinelli, Bukayo Saka and most recently Reiss Nelson, which is great, but more goals are needed from our number nine.

I am not discrediting Jesus’ overall play as that has been brilliant. He works very hard for the team to create chances which is reflected in his five assists in the league which is only bettered by Kevin De Bruyne. He still is contributing to the team, but does need to improve his finishing as he is a bit wasteful in games such as the Southampton and Nottingham Forest games.

A goal from him in games such as the Southampton one where we come a bit unstuck will be vital to challenging for the league as we can’t afford to drop those points when Man City are right on our backs.

Jesus has never been a prolific goal scorer, even when he was at Man City, the most league goals in a season he managed was fourteen which is no better than Alexendre Lacazette’s tally. And some Arsenal fans slated Lacazette’s output while he worked hard for the team.

If we are serious about challenging for the league, we need to invest in a true number nine who will score goals regularly to weaken the burden for Jesus. Ivan Toney would be a good option as he has scored eight goals for Brentford this season, who are a mid-table team. He had a good first season and is improving his output this season.

We will be top two in the league come the World Cup, but we do need to buy a clinical striker in January to maintain our push for the Premier League.

Vivek Julka

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13 Comments

  1. I’m not too worried – jesus might not be a 20 goals per season striker, but he’s a brilliant cf, and it’s not like he can’t score goals generally. I’d be surprised if he didn’t get 15 for the season. It’s more that we need to make sure those around him can keep scoring consistently as well. We need Nketiah to start making more of an impact, particularly from the bench, but he needs time on the pitch imo.
    Toney, I think, would be a great signing, but i don’t think he’s necessarily a 20 goal striker either. He’s just a very good player who’d fit in well, offer something slightly different, and he’d be another decent source of goals along with saka, martinelli and jesus (and xhaka it seems).

    1. Sure we bring Toney who i admit is a good striker with a different style than ours(a solid plan b), but then what? He ain’t gonna bench Jesus because he is essential to our play so he will just be a supersub which i don’t think toney will accept.

      The best option would be a player like martinelli who can play striker/winger so it is easier to integrate him to the team rotation.

      Saka, Martinelli, Jesus, ESR, new player, nketiah would be a good forward rotation. If Nelson and Marquinhos steps up, even better.

  2. Let’s accept that without necessarily scoring goals, he has made our attack far more better and has many goal contributions.
    It’s working for us.
    Arsenal should sign Facundo Torres who, to me, is more skillful than Mudryk and is not selfish with the ball. He not only scores goals but provides many assists. He is vey calm with the ball.

    Mudryk is tall and strong but spends too much time running with the ball and getting kicked. He doesn’t seem to have a game plan but just keeps dribbling and running towards the oppent’s camp. Torres does the opposite and helps his team mates to be part of his plan.

  3. Man City have been domubafung the PL, alongside Liverpool, while having no recognised prolific striker for the last six seasons.

    If Gabriel keeps setting up others, what’s the problem?

    Only an injury might scupper his performances – then we fall back to Nketiah and
    Nelson, while waiting for a certain American forward to finish his loan spell, ready for next season.

    Let’s see what the January window will bring.

      1. @Ken:I was about to look for the meaning of “domubafung”!thinking it sounded like a German word!😂

      2. ken1945
        In fact I bought that word from you 😃 “Dominating” Let Our Archangel continue dominating opposing defenders and Keepers. Even without being in the score sheet, He is being involved in other goals by way of assists or pre assist involvement God of soccer brought him to us to compensate for our loss of Olivier Giroud. Real Madrid are not pursuing him for fun. They are after him for real, because they see more of Karim Benzima in Jesus.
        Karim Benzima always work off his socks for common goal of his Team and Club. That’s why Cristiano shines off his selfless but combative plays to make sure they achieve Success together. But after Christiano He showed the world that his foot know the ways to Goals leading to him becoming Ballon D Or not only from his Goals but from his assists too.

    1. Jesus has always been a wasteful striker so i don’t know why some fans expected he would suddenly be efficient. Might have been fooled by his start but even then he was missing good chances.

      Arteta said it best: Jesus brings chaos. That in itself opens up loads of opportunities for Martenelli, Saka and Odeggard.

      4 players sharing 18 goals between them is better than 2 player with 23. Just look how toothless man city were without Haaland.

  4. In terms pf regular goals scoring in thr Epl and in other competitions this season as well, i think Arsenal’s striker Gabriel Jesus will reinvent himself to reinstate his once regular top goals scoring form for Arsenal. Which his currently looking to have lost soon after he last scored 5 goals for Arsenal in the Epl this season.
    So therefore, in the meantime, let us Gooners keep our fingers crossed to await his resumption of GJ’s regular goalscoring for Arsenal in the Epl in no distance time. For, he could resume scoring goals for Arsenal with a bang against Chelsea next Sunday’s afternoon when the Gunners go to the Bridge to demolish the Blues.

  5. Not worried,it is consistent with his previous seasons.only few days ago Jesus said that he was not worried,it happened in the past and will happen again.the difference this time, being that he has matured and learnt to deal with it better.he no longer let it frustrate him.

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