According to reports, Gabriel Jesus feels he didn’t receive enough credit from pundits for his performances in an Arsenal shirt last season.
The Brazilian striker made the move from Manchester City to Arsenal at the beginning of last season in a deal worth £45million. Jesus turned down Champions League football with Chelsea to join the Gunners after he was convinced by Mikel Arteta’s long-term plan.
Gabriel Jesus was Mikel Arteta’s first choice striker to bring in ahead of last season and the pair have a very good relationship after working together at Manchester City.
According to a report from Football Transfers, The Arsenal striker feels that his performances have been somewhat overlooked since his move from Manchester City.
Gabriel Jesus arrived in North London to be the main number nine, something he was unable to establish himself as at Manchester City with the likes of Sergio Aguero and more recently Erling Haaland ahead of him in the pecking order.
Gabriel Jesus had a very impressive first season at the Emirates Stadium. The striker scored 11 goals and recorded 7 assists in 26 Premier League appearances for Arsenal last season, despite missing three months of the campaign through injury. Them numbers could have been a lot higher if he didn’t pick up a long-term knee injury, which required surgery, at the World Cup in Qatar.
The striker isn’t just all about the finishing side of the game. Gabriel Jesus’ hold-up play as a striker is one of the best in the league, which is one of the main reasons why Mikel Arteta was so desperate to sign him. The Brazilian likes to play with his back to goal, bring his teammates into play, can operate on either wing as well as through the middle and of course like any striker, loves putting the ball in the back of the net.
The 26-year-old is unhappy with how he has been treated by the media during his first season in North London. However I’m sure he feels the appreciation from the Arsenal fans who watch him week in, week out and know how just how important he is to this Arsenal team.
Arsenal are a much better team with Gabriel Jesus leading the line and I’m sure he will show that again next season. The Gunners might have spent £200million on transfers already this summer, with more incomings potentially still to come, however there’s no doubt the Brazilian will remain Arsenal’s main striker next season and that’s a testament to how important Mikel Arteta views he is to his side.