‘He creates chaos’: Mikel Arteta praises Gabriel Jesus after the Brazilian striker scored and assisted in Arsenal’s win over Everton
- Brazil striker Gabriel Jesus joined Arsenal for £45m earlier in the summer
- He made an immediate impression with three goals in two pre-season games
- Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta praised the forward’s ability to ’cause chaos’
- The couple previously worked together at Manchester City from 2017 to 2019
The Brazilian forward recorded one goal and one assist in the game Marylandwhich is on top of his two goals against Nuremberg earlier this month.
He joined Arsenal Manchester City for £45million earlier this summer on a five-year deal.
Gabriel Jesus scored a goal and an assist in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Everton
After the game, Arteta said of the 25-year-old: “He looks really sharp, really dynamic. [He’s got] immediately a very good understanding with his teammates.”
“He generates opportunities, good connections in certain areas that we particularly want to capitalize on with him and yes we are really happy.
“He creates chaos, he creates uncertainty and he’s always on your shoulder. He’s always there to snatch the ball away from you, he’s always in front of goal. He’s a real threat and that’s what we need. And then he’s the one.”
Mikel Arteta praised the 25-year-old forward’s ability to “create chaos” among defenders.
The Arsenal manager would have been familiar with Jesus, having worked with him as Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City.
Arteta also praised his new striker’s off-ball skills. He said: “The moment we give the ball away, he’s immediately active and pushing and getting his team behind him. He has a lot of leadership qualities, I can see straight away what he’s doing with the lads and he’s the guy we want.
“I love these types of players, Streetwise. They learn a lot, they know how to feel, they can take advantage of any situation and that’s what we need.”
Jesus could be a key player in an Arsenal side looking to return to the Champions League
“But sometimes not alone, but don’t close that door because Gabby, in relation to what the opponent does in certain games, we have to use him in different positions. He’s open to it and he knows it’s also part of his strength.”
Arsenal finished fifth last season as their strikers struggled to find the net with the regularity of their rivals.
Jesus could be a key player in sending Arsenal back to Champions League spots.