A player who could shape up to be one of the signings of the summer, Gabriel Jesus has made a fine start to life at Arsenal.
The Brazil international found himself surplus to requirements at Manchester City but now in the capital he has the chance to be the main man in the Emirates.
Jesus hits the ground running
It has been an electric start for Jesus in North London as the Gunners managed to win all of their first five league games of the season. Arsenal, who are 9/1 for the title when you bet on Premier League markets, just missed out on a top-four finish last season and were in real need of attacking reinforcements. The Gunners are now firmly in the mix in the Premier League tips to not only finish in the top four but possibly challenge for the title. Much of that is down to Jesus’ arrival at the Emirates and how he’s brought his title-winning experience from the Etihad to the Gunners.
Jesus has already broken a club record for most goal contributions in the first five Premier League games for a player. The summer signing has beaten Mesut Özil’s previous record of five after Jesus scored three goals and three assists in his first five games. It certainly bodes well for Jesus and boss Mikel Arteta, who has managed to rejuvenate the players after the disappointment of missing out on the Champions League places last season. Arteta worked alongside Jesus during their time together at City and it’s easy to see why the Spanish tactician wanted the forward so badly over the summer transfer window.
Another piece of the puzzle
After bidding star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang farewell on his way to Barcelona last season, Arsenal were determined to fill the void left by the Gabonese international. It looks like the Gunners have found that striker in Jesus, with the 25-year-old’s movement and prolific finishing set to play a big role in Arsenal’s season if he remains fit.
With places in Brazil’s 2022 World Cup squad up for grabs, Jesus looks to be making a strong claim for a starting role. The likes of Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar and Raphinha at Brazil will also be in line to form part of what looks to be an exciting front-three for the South American outfit.
Arsenal has boasted some top strikers in their time, with the likes of Thierry Henry and Ian Wright two of the greatest in the club’s history. Many had hoped Aubameyang could be the player to join those ranks but his time at the Emirates was cut short.
While it’s early days in his time with Arsenal, the club look like they have a top acquisition on their hands with Jesus and one that could help them narrow the gap on the likes of City and Liverpool at the top of the English game.