After exactly six months since his last Arsenal goal, Gabriel Jesus was back on the scoresheet this afternoon, not once but twice, as Arsenal smashed Leeds United at the Emirates Stadium.
Before the injury Gabriel Jesus picked up at the World Cup, the Brazilian had five goals & six assists in 13 appearances for Arsenal. He was one of the main reasons the Gunners found themselves at the top of the Premier League table back in December.
Although Arsenal have done tremendously well in dealing with Jesus’ absence, there’s no denying he’s going to provide a massive boost in the title run in during the last two months of the season. As we saw first hand today against Leeds United.
Mikel Arteta speaking on Gabriel Jesus during his press conference on Friday:
“He’s very close to 100%. In the last 10 days he’s made a big step forward and you can see that he is looser and he is not thinking about his previous injury.
You can see in training that he is already creating that chaos that he is capable of creating, and unique moments, so he is in a good place now.”
Mikel Arteta was proved right as Gabriel Jesus really did look back to his best against Leeds at the Emirates this afternoon.
Gabriel Jesus played 60 minutes in Arsenal’s 4-1 victory today, but the scoreline doesn’t tell the whole story. After Arsenal found the first goal, it was pretty comfortable from then on out but the first 30 minutes were anything but.
The first goal is always the most important and without Gabriel Jesus Arsenal could have been searching a lot longer for the opener if the Brazilian wasn’t on the pitch. He won the penalty with a couple of shoulder faints before despatching it from the spot to record his first goal for the Gunners in exactly six months. It’s been a long time coming…
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Exactly six months later and Gabriel Jesus is back on the scoresheet for Arsenal…😍 pic.twitter.com/NVAqjfUxFo
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Gabriel Jesus spoke to the media after the game about coming back into the team after a long time out:
“Everyone is playing so well so it is easy to come back [into the team]. The most important thing is that everyone that has come in has played good.
I want to score every game, but sometimes it can’t happen. I am more happy with the three points than the goals.”
He also explained how he was talking with teammate, Oleksandr Zinchenko about taking a penalty yesterday in training. The practice certainty paid off today as he made no mistake from the penalty spot to give Arsenal the lead.
“Zinny joked with me yesterday, because we were practising penalties and I just took that one like I always do, stopping. He said ‘in the game, you never do it like this’, so I showed him clips. I was calm and I remember him as well.”
Gabriel Jesus on Arsenal scoring four goals for the second home game in a row today:
“To compete against a strong opponent and a team that scores a lot of goals, we look at this.
We said before the game not to look at goal difference and focus on the points. But sometimes you have to try and score more and more as it might matter at the end of the season”
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