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Gabriel Jesus becomes a reference in Arsenal’s attack for the 2022-2023 season

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Free to roam the field at his new club Arsenal, Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus can finally have the status he’s always dreamed of: that of his team’s top scorer.

In his former team, Manchester City, Gabriel Jesus has always been in the shadow of great strikers. First, by Argentine Kun Agüero; then the rise of Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden, which led him to occupy the right winger position and even warm up the bench, despite his undeniable talent. His space was getting smaller, even more so after the signing of the Norwegian Erling Haaland.

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Undoubtedly, Arsenal made a good deal by bringing the 25-year-old Brazilian for 50 million euros (R$ 260 million at the current price). With the departure of Frenchman Alexandre Lacazette to Lyon, Gabriel Jesus was left without competition to be the team’s number 9.

The change of scenery will also help him to compete for a spot in the Brazilian national team for the Qatar World Cup.

In the “Gunners”, Gabriel Jesus did not take long to show his value: four goals in four preparation games, a “hat-trick” in the Emirates Cup against Sevilla.

“An immense talent”

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His hunger for goals is insatiable, which has earned him praise from Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta. “He has an immense talent with an infectious mentality, which will help us a lot,” he said. “The role of ‘Gabi’ will be different from what he had at his old club. It was a position that we had been looking for a long time and we managed to attract a player that we all wanted”, explained the coach.

Indeed, Arsenal are struggling to replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the team’s last striker to score more than 20 goals in an Premier League season, in the 2019-2020 season.

Lacazette and Nicolas Pépé, signed in 2019 for 80 million euros (R$ 416.5 million), never lived up to expectations. The team’s top scorer last season was young winger Bukayo Saka, who scored 11 goals, not enough for a “Big Six” club. Now it’s up to Gabriel Jesus to overtake him.

The Brazilian went blank in the first round of the Premier League, but brought danger to the defense of Crystal Palace. Fast, dribbler, excellent header and willful in marking, Arteta described him as a “fear factor” after the game. “He is never quiet in front of defenders, it’s difficult to play against him,” said the coach.

This Saturday, Gabriel will have his first big test at home against Leicester City, in the second round of the Premier League. No doubt he will try to score his first goal in competitive matches at the Emirates Stadium in London.

Source: Gazetaesportiva

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