Gabriel Jesus' debut showed six reasons why he is perfect striker for Arsenal and Arteta

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Gabriel Jesus' debut showed six reasons why he is perfect striker for Arsenal and Arteta

Gabriel Jesus made an immediate impact in his first appearance in an Arsenal shirt. The Brazilian scored within 90 seconds of coming off the bench

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Gabriel Jesus made an immediate impact in his first appearance in an Arsenal shirt. The Brazilian scored within 90 seconds of coming off the bench at half-time of the pre-season friendly against FC Nurnberg on Friday.

Arsenal were in trouble at the break, trailing 2-0 to the Bundesliga 2 outfit. A weakened defence was taken advantage of by the German hosts.

However, Jesus’ introduction was the turning point in the match. In the 47th minute he netted after a one-two with Eddie Nketiah.

He scored again late on to seal a 5-3 win, while also playing a role in two of the Gunners’ other goals. But it’s not just his goalscoring prowess which attracted Mikel Arteta to him and Express Sport looks at six reasons why he is the perfect frontman for the Gunners.

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Link-up play

Jesus showed that he links up well with his team-mates. Arteta wants his front three to dovetail, whether it’s Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli or Emile Smith Rowe in the wide positions.

You have to be smart on the ball to play under Guardiola. Jesus has certainly shown he is that in the last few years.

Versatile

Jesus can drift wide and come off either flank. His first goal on Friday proved exactly that.

He took up a position on the right, ran inside and got his rewards after a fine return pass from Nketiah. If Arteta fancies playing Nketiah this season then Jesus is more than capable of operating out of his preferred role.



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