‘He creates chaos’: Mikel Arteta heaps praise on Gabriel Jesus after the Brazilian striker bags a goal and an assist in Arsenal’s pre-season win over Everton
- Brazil striker Gabriel Jesus joined Arsenal for £45 million earlier this summer
- He has made an immediate impact, with three goals in two pre-season games
- Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta praised the striker’s ability to ’cause chaos’
- The pair previously worked together at Manchester City from 2017 to 2019
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was full of praise for his newly-signed striker Gabriel Jesus after the Gunners beat Everton 2-0 in a pre-season clash.
The Brazilian striker picked up a goal and an assist in the match in Maryland, adding to his two goals against Nurnberg earlier this month.
He joined Arsenal from Manchester City for £45 million earlier this summer on a five-year deal.
Gabriel Jesus picked up a goal and an assist in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Everton
Speaking after the game, Arteta said of the 25-year-old: ‘He looks really sharp, really dynamic. [He’s got] a really good understanding with his team-mates straight away.’
‘He’s generating chances, good connections around specific spaces we want to exploit with him especially, and yeah, we’re really happy.
‘He creates chaos, he creates uncertainty and he’s always on your shoulder. He’s always there to nick the ball off you, he’s always in front of the goal. He’s a real threat and this is what we need. And then he’s the one.’
Mikel Arteta praised the 25-year-old striker’s ability to ’cause chaos’ among defenders
The Arsenal manager would have been familiar with Jesus after working him with as Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City.
Arteta also praised his new striker’s off the ball skills. He said: ‘The moment we give the ball away he is straight away active and putting pressure and getting his team behind him. He has a lot of leadership skills, I can see straight away what he’s doing with the boys and he’s the type of guy that we want.
‘I love those kind of players, streetwise. They learn a lot, they know how to feel, they can take advantage of any situation and that’s what we need.’
Jesus could be a vital player in an Arsenal side looking to return to the Champions League
‘But not on his own sometimes, but don’t close that door because Gabby in relation to what the opponent does in certain games we are going to have to use him in different positions. He is open to that and he knows it’s part of his strength as well.’
Arsenal finished fifth last season as their forwards struggled to find the net with the regularity of their rivals.
Jesus could be a key player in sending Arsenal back into the Champions League places.
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