Mikel Arteta spoke to the press earlier today ahead of Arsenal’s match against Leeds United tomorrow with the Arsenal boss providing a much wanted update on Gabriel Jesus…
The Gunners go into the game at the Emirates Stadium currently sitting top of the Premier League table, eight points clear of Manchester City. Pep Guardiola’s side kick-off before Arsenal in the early kick-off tomorrow where they face Liverpool, with a chance to cut the gap to five points.
For Mikel Arteta, the focus will solely be on beating Leeds rather than watching what Manchester City are doing. The Arsenal boss earlier this week…
“We cannot control the outcome of other clubs, all we can control is what we do every single day.”
Arsenal will look to Gabriel Jesus to score the goals on Saturday with the Brazilian returning from injury just before the international break. For the Gunners, it feels like a new signing.
The Brazilian has been missing since just before the World Cup. And now he’s back, Mikel Arteta has admitted he’s starting to see signs that Jesus is close to getting back to his best.
Gabriel Jesus scored five goals and recorded six assists before the World Cup and Mikel Arteta will be hoping his number nine can start contributing again during the last ten games of the season to help Arsenal win their first league title since 2003/04.
Speaking ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Leeds, Mikel Arteta admitted that Jesus has been causing ‘chaos’ in recent training sessions.
Mikel Arteta on Gabriel Jesus:
“He’s very close to that. 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.”
A fully fit Gabriel Jesus completely changed the way Arsenal played when he first came into the club. Although the Gunners have coped well in his absence, there is no doubt having the Brazilian back is a massive boost and one that could potentially catapult them to the Premier League title with two months left to play.