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Arsene Wenger explains why Gabriel Jesus is not scoring enough goals at Arsenal

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Former Arsenal Boss Arsene Wenger

When Arsenal signed Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City ahead of the 2022/23 season, there was excitement among fans, but the Brazilian striker’s goal-scoring form has failed to meet initial expectations, prompting scrutiny and criticism.

Jesus made an impressive start to his Arsenal career, netting six goals and providing three assists in his first nine league appearances, contributing significantly to the Gunners title push last season.

However, his goal production declined thereafter, with only six additional goals in the remainder of the season.

Amid growing concerns over Jesus’ goal-scoring prowess, former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has weighed in on the matter.

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Wenger, renowned as one of football’s greatest managers, believes that Jesus possesses the potential to score more goals than he has thus far at Arsenal.

However, according to Wenger, Jesus’ struggles in front of goal can be attributed to the significant amount of game time he has missed due to injuries.

In an Instagram conversation with Freddie Ljungberg, Wenger highlighted the importance of consistency, emphasising that top-tier players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi maintained high levels of performance over extended periods by consistently featuring in matches.

Arsenal forward Gabriel Jesus

Gabriel Jesus (Image credit: Getty Images)

“They (Arsenal) have no Thierry Henry at the moment because I think Gabriel Jesus is a lot injured, ” Wenger said.

“There are more goals in him than what you see at the moment. You know that, what the top, top level doesn’t tolerate is in and out. The guys who make history are the guys who are consistently there.

“Ronaldo and Messi played for 15 years, 50-60 games a year.”

Wenger’s assessment underscores the impact of injuries on Jesus’ availability and subsequent goal return. Since joining Arsenal, Jesus has endured several spells on the sidelines, missing a total of 31 games due to various injuries, including a knee issue sustained during the World Cup in Qatar.

While Jesus has showcased his value to Arsenal beyond goal-scoring, Wenger’s analysis underscores the need for the Brazilian striker to maintain fitness and consistency to fulfill his potential and deliver the desired impact in front of goal for the North London club.

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