Arsenal will sit top of the Premier League on Christmas Day, for the second year in a row, following the 1-1 draw at Anfield yesterday. Gabriel got the Gunners off to a great start in the opening five minutes, but Mohamed Salah responded with a bit of magic of his own to make sure the two teams at the top shared the points.
Gary Neville after the match compared Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus to Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney. However the Sky Sports pundit questioned whether the Brazilian is good enough to lead the Gunners to their first Premier League title in 20 years.
Gabriel Jesus was everywhere at Anfield yesterday. Despite not scoring, the striker had a top performance at one of the toughest grounds in the Premier League. The Brazilian won four duels, had four shots and also won three free-kicks. Although Neville believes Jesus shouldn’t be Arsenal’s main striker.
Gary Neville on Gabriel Jesus: “I’ve found myself talking at the end of many Arsenal games this season now about whether Nketiah and Jesus are number one and two strikers in Premier League title-winning sides, or whether they’re actually more two and three strikers and they need that number one.
“I actually love Jesus, I really love him. Honestly, I think he’s a brilliant player, I’d love to play with him. He’s got a bit of Rooney in him, he’s got a bit of Tevez in him, he’s got sort of everything.
“But, he hasn’t got that sort of Instinct in front of goal, and sometimes, he’s everywhere you don’t want him to be.”
There’s no doubt Gabriel Jesus took Mikel Arteta’s side up a level after he signed from Manchester City at the beginning of last season. Arsenal went from fighting for top four to title challengers within a year, but is he good enough to take the Gunners one step further?
In my opinion, I think he is. Jesus might only have three goals in 13 appearances in the Premier League this season, which is not a great look for a number nine. However he brings so much more to the team than just an ordinary striker. Arsenal are definitely a better side when he’s in the team, that’s for sure.