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Arsenal strike Gabriel Jesus aims a thinly-veiled dig at Pep Guardiola as he revels in new role under Arteta

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Gabriel Jesus has had a good start to his Arsenal career, and he appeared to criticize Pep Guardiola following his positional change and where he was playing.


Arsenal strike Gabriel Jesus aims a thinly-veiled dig at Pep Guardiola as he revels in new role under Arteta

Gabriel Jesus has had a tremendous start to his Arsenal career, with the forward impressing fans in the Gunners’ first two games.

The 25-year-old was named Player of the Match after scoring twice and assisting twice in Arsenal’s 4-2 win over Leicester City on Saturday.

He didn’t score against Crystal Palace on the first day, but he was impressive throughout as Arsenal got off to a flying start.

And Jesus has admitted that he is enjoying his football a lot more at Arsenal after joining from Manchester City for £45 million last month, and that his confidence had begun to dwindle under Pep Guardiola’s coaching.

“I started playing much more on the wing at City and for Brazil. For a while I thought that. But I’ve changed my mentality, I believe much more in myself now. I’m smiling again playing football.

“I’m very blessed as I can play across all front three but I am a No.9. I am there to finish our chances. Not only that but to help the team as a whole. It’s normal to pick up and think that you can’t play with 9, that I’m a winger,” he told ESPN Brasil.

Last season, Guardiola primarily used Jesus as a right winger, with either Phil Foden, Kevin de Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan, or Raheem Sterling serving as the ‘false nine.’

It proved to be a successful model for City, who won the Premier League for the fourth time in five seasons but failed to win Champions League. Jesus, on the other hand, played as a No.9 against Watford and scored four goals in a 5-1 victory.

But the Brazil international appears to be happier at Arsenal, where he has the freedom to express himself and get into positions that he would not have been able to do at City.

Because of Guardiola’s shape, you must be extremely disciplined and stick to your role rather than wander around.

Jesus has been able to drift deep and out to the Gunners’ wings. Jesus picked up the ball on the left side before playing some intricate football with Granit Xhaka and Gabriel Martinelli for his first goal against Leicester.

He then received the ball just inside the area, despite being surrounded by four Leicester defenders, and dinked the ball superbly into the top corner.

It was the type of goal that Jesus rarely scored at City because he wasn’t given the freedom to roam the field.

Jesus is now Arsenal’s main man, and Arteta has clearly told him to express himself and enjoy his football.

After 95 goals for the Citizens in five years, there is no doubt Jesus has the ability to become one of the best Premier League forwards.

His performance against Leicester demonstrated that he is reaching levels that few have at Arsenal in recent years. The striker had 15 penalty area touches, the most by an Arsenal player in the last seven seasons.

In his first two games for the Gunners, he also had eight shots, completed 42 successful passes, created three chances, and won six aerial duels.

Last season at City, Jesus averaged just over a shot per game and created less than one opportunity per match. It was a record that did not deceive, and despite only two matches, he is looking like a different player, and the change in style and system is helping.

Arsenal strike Gabriel Jesus aims a thinly-veiled dig at Pep Guardiola as he revels in new role under Arteta



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