the paradox Gabriel Jesus, whose absence worries the Gunners

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    “He has the chances, he is always there. He gives a lot to the team. » With these few words, Mikel Arteta summed up perfectly, after the draw between Southampton and Arsenal (1-1, October 23), the situation of Gabriel Jesus (25) with the Gunners. Flagship recruit of the 2022 summer transfer window on the side of the Emirates Stadium, the former Manchester City striker, who arrived in exchange for 52.2 million euros, did not take long to conquer the fans of the club of the English capital. Very quickly, his burst of energy, his warrior mentality, his silky technical quality and his ability to unblock situations pleased the Gunners.

    Indisputable holder at the forefront of Mikel Arteta’s 4-2-3-1 attack, the Brazilian international (56 caps, 19 goals) is no stranger to the cannon start of Arsenal, who sits in the lead. of the Premier League with 5 points ahead of the Cityzens in the truce imposed by the 2022 World Cup. will have been fatal to him (knee injury against Cameroon, absence of 3 months mentioned). In any case, the Auriverde coach was not fooled by the particular situation of Gabi Jesus in His Majesty’s Kingdom.

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    A period of personal scarcity erased by his collective influence

    On paper, Gabriel Jesus’ balance sheet is nothing to be ashamed of (5 goals and 6 assists in 14 league appearances). But the former Sky Blues, after a brilliant start, remains on a series of 10 games without scoring in all competitions (6 in the Premier League, 3 in the Europa League and 1 in the League Cup). We have to go back to the North London derby against Tottenham (3-1, October 1) to find traces of the last time Jesus shook the nets.

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    Except that by looking closely at Arsenal’s performances, it is difficult to criticize the Brazilian, as he has a positive influence on the game of his people. Collectively, the moves, efforts and differences made by Jesus are blessed bread for his teammates. For example, he must be credited with 3 assists in the league (1 against Liverpool and 2 against Nottingham Forest) during this period of scarcity. Going further, we realize that GJ9 is for example directly involved in two of Arsenal’s last three goals and that he was therefore decisive, even if the stats say the opposite.

    Gabriel Jesus is decisive despite everything and will be sorely missed by the Gunners

    Against Chelsea, it is he who obtains the corner bringing the only goal of the game signed Gabriel at Stamford Bridge (1-0). During the victory at Wolverhampton (2-0) just before the break, his love of passing for Fabio Vieira, decisive passer for Martin Ødegaard, pierced the Wolves defense and clearly made the difference, thus allowing the Gunners to unblock the meeting. So yes, we can certainly blame him for his lack of accuracy in front of the goal, since he has, during this time, obtained several clear chances despite everything. We must not forget that he also had bad luck, for example hitting the bar at Molineux Stadium.

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    Facts that can be explained, in part, by his significant outpouring of energy on the green rectangle to the detriment of his lucidity in front of goal. If some are raining criticism on Gabriel Jesus, let’s not forget either that he was never really a pure and hard finisher, and that he did not forge his reputation on his relentlessness in front of opposing cages. Whatever, Mikel Arteta and the Gunners are not worried about him. They also know full well that without Gabriel Jesus, so influential in the game and who transformed the face of Arsenal, they probably wouldn’t be here at this stage of the 2022-2023 season. His long absence could be sorely felt in the coming weeks, as if to illustrate a little more the extent taken by the Brazilian at Arsenal.

    Pub. the 23/12/2022 14:16

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