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Much criticised Arsenal player 100% understands what Mikel Arteta wants from him

Mikel Arteta and Arsenal are blessed with very special players, but some of them seem to interpret the manager’s thoughts on the pitch

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Martin Odegaard is the obvious technical leader in the Arsenal team and has the armband too, but there are players who seem to understand what Mikel Arteta wants from them and when it comes off, it’s enthralling. One such player is Gabriel Jesus.

The Brazilian has come under a lot of criticism due to his inconsistent form in front of goal. A lot of people have called for his head and have suggested the club should bring in a ‘proven’ goalscorer, however when Jesus is on song, the team clicks and ticks all the right boxes.

That’s what happened on Tuesday at the City Ground when Arsenal dominated the game but met a resilience and compact defense who denied them chances to score. It was the genius of Gabriel Jesus that broke the deadlock in the second half and set up the second for Saka.

After the 2-1 win, Jesus couldn’t hide his smile, reflecting the satisfaction of a fine individual display. His opening goal, a well-executed toe-poked finish, and the assist for Saka’s goal highlighted his technical prowess and the positive impact of his training ground efforts.

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Gabriel Jesus scored and assisted Bukayo Saka in Arsenal’s 2-1 victory over Nottingham Forest (Image credit: Getty Images)

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Speaking to the official website at full-time, Jesus acknowledged his dedication to refining his finishing skills, stating, “I’ve been working a lot – and one thing I’ve worked on is this kind of finishing.”

Also he elaborated on his persistence despite hitting the post earlier in the game, emphasising the importance of trying different approaches to score.

The Brazilian forward credited the support from teammates and fans, stressing the collective effort that contributed to the team’s success. “All my teammates played amazingly tonight, and that’s why we won the game.”

Reflecting on the challenges posed by Nottingham Forest, Jesus highlighted the importance of ball control and strategic movements to create opportunities against a formidable opponent. 

“It’s not easy coming here. They have a good team, the crowd is amazing, they push the team a lot and when they scored a goal in the last four minutes, the crowd went crazy and then pushed them. The best way to control a team like them is keeping the ball, moving the front players, moving everywhere to try to create something.”

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