Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has hailed Gabriel Jesus as a striker who is “creating chaos” after continuing his encouraging pre-season form in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Everton.
On his first start for the club after a £45m move from Manchester City, Jesus scored the opening goal and set up the second for Bukayo Saka as the Gunners won the Charm City Match in Baltimore.
Jesus also scored on his debut in last week’s win over Nuremberg and he set the tone for a comfortable victory with an impressive 45-minute flurry before being substituted at half-time as the two teams were making many changes.
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“He creates chaos and uncertainty and is always on your shoulder, he’s always there to snatch the ball from you, he’s always in front of goal,” Arteta said.
“He’s a real threat and that’s what we need. It’s him: every time we give the ball away he’s immediately active, putting pressure on him and getting his team behind him. He’s developed his skills a lot. leadership qualities. I can see right away what he’s trying to do with the boys and he’s the kind of guy you want.
“I love these kind of players, they are streetwise, they learn a lot, they know how to feel that they can take advantage of any situation and that’s what we need. We had other qualities – Gabi and Eddie [Nketiah] moreover, they have different qualities.”
Saka, Arsenal’s other striker on Saturday, is in talks with the club over a contract extension – the England international still has one year left on his current contract, although there is an option for a further year – but Arteta seemed confident of a positive result.
“We will try,” he said. “We both have the same intention. It’s a matter of time.”
Arteta also shed some light on various absentees currently missing from the roster.
“We have Kieran [Tierney] with a slight problem, we have Emile [Smith Rowe] with a muscular niggle, [Takehiro] Tomiyasu too and Ben [White],” he added.
“[Fabio] Vieira has a slight bone problem, hopefully he will start training next week.”