Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Gabriel Jesus clarifies why he’s not taking Mikel Arteta’s advice to Arsenal fans

Gabriel Jesus clarifies why he’s not taking Mikel Arteta’s advice to Arsenal fans

Mikel Arteta advised Arsenal fans to enjoy being in first place at Christmas, but Gabriel Jesus, one of the club’s few experienced trophy winners, says their stars cannot afford to do so.

The Gunners have a five-point lead after a comfortable victory over Wolves on Saturday and Manchester City’s stunning home loss to Brentford. For the first time since 2007, Arsenal will be in first position on Christmas Day.

Arteta advised supporters to appreciate the “evolution” of the club, as they have not finished better than fifth since 2016. Granit Xhaka was substituted in the first half due to Granit Xhaka’s illness. This made the victory even more stunning.

But the Brazilian Jesus won the Premier League four times in six years with City beginning in 2016, and he highlighted the significance of Arsenal focusing on their own achievements and not getting caught up in the rising buzz surrounding the Gunners after his former club’s slip-up.

Jesus, who was acquired this summer from the Etihad for £45 million, urged his teammates: “We cannot look to others. We know Man City, obviously, I know them more than most people.

“But we have to do our job. We know the Premier League is not easy, it is the toughest league in the world. It is not only Man City – it is Liverpool, Man United, Chelsea. What can we do? Just focus on ourselves that is all.”

Jesus nearly added to his season total of five goals, but a shot was deemed offside and he was later denied by the crossbar. In the second half, though, the visitors prevailed after their excellent captain Odegaard scored from close range in the 54th minute.

Then, with 15 minutes remaining, after Wolves failed to clear the ball, the Norwegian sent a low shot into the corner from within the penalty area. Wolves, who have scored just eight goals in 15 games this season, managed only two shots on goal against Aaron Ramsdale, who recorded his sixth shutout.

When William Saliba took down Goncalo Guedes early in the game, the home team may have been awarded a penalty, but Arsenal escaped. 14 games into the season, Arteta’s squad has the best record in the league with 37 points and 12 victories.

Jesus reflected: “First of all it is because of the team. I think everyone can see the spirit of the team and the way we love each other. The way we want to help each other on the pitch. That is what happens when you are in another family.

“We spend more time here than at home. Everyone is like this. That is why it is working outside. We have a young team so we run a lot – with the ball and without the ball.”

While Arsenal can enjoy the remainder of the season following the World Cup, Wolves appear to be in serious trouble.

The new manager, Julen Lopetegui, was in the stands before to beginning work today. He is inheriting a feeble team that has scored only eight league goals all season, by far the lowest total in the Premier League.

But if Lopetegui needs inspiration for turning around a troubled club, he could look no further than Arteta, a fellow Spaniard.

Gabriel Jesus clarifies why he’s not taking Mikel Arteta’s advice to Arsenal fans

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