Gabriel Jesus has had a profound impact," said Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta.


Gabriel Jesus has had a profound impact,” said Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta.

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Mikel Arteta commended Gabriel Jesus for instilling ‘belief’ and ‘vitality’ within Arsenal, following his standout performance in the victory against Sevilla.

Jesus continued to impress in the Champions League, contributing a goal and an assist as Arsenal secured a 2-1 win at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium. A moment of brilliance set up fellow countryman Gabriel Martinelli for the opening goal just before halftime, with Jesus adding to the lead with a splendid, curling finish. However, his exceptional display was slightly marred as he hobbled off the field, having signaled discomfort in his hamstring moments earlier.

While not the most prolific scorer, the Brazilian forward has amassed an impressive tally of 23 goals in 41 appearances in Europe’s premier club competition.

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When asked about Jesus’s significance in the team, Arteta affirmed, “His recruitment from Manchester City was undoubtedly influenced by his prowess in this competition. He has undergone significant challenges over the years, shaping him into the player he is today. Having him in the team is a source of great satisfaction for me.”

Arteta emphasized the transformative impact Jesus has had, stating, “He has truly altered the dynamics within our squad. His infusion of belief and energy has been invaluable, especially during critical junctures. He has stepped up when it mattered the most and assumed responsibility for the team.”

Acknowledging the significance of big games, Arteta highlighted Jesus’s crucial role in securing victory in challenging environments. However, concerns loomed over his injury, with Arteta expressing his apprehension. Arteta further stressed the importance of players like Jesus in securing victories against formidable opponents such as Manchester City and in demanding venues like Stamford Bridge and the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium.

The manager concluded by crediting the team for their commendable performance and the remarkable victory.

Jesus’s night concluded with him being substituted for Eddie Nketiah in the latter stages, as Arteta expressed his concern for the striker.

“I’m really saddened by his hamstring discomfort, and it worries me,” Arteta commented. “His immediate request for a substitution is concerning because Gabriel is not one to do that lightly. We’ll have to monitor his condition in the coming days.”

Despite the setback, the victory marked Arsenal’s recovery from their previous defeat in Lens and propelled them to the top of Group B halfway through the stage.

Arteta’s team stands in a favorable position to advance to the knockout stages by securing a victory against Sevilla in the return fixture at the Emirates Stadium in two weeks. The Spaniard expressed satisfaction with the team’s response following the defeat in France.

“That loss to Lens placed us in a challenging situation, necessitating a response from the team,” he remarked. “We have faced a series of demanding matches, with the team exhibiting resilience despite facing adversity and coping with injuries to key players.”

Arteta highlighted the team’s unwavering determination, stating, “The team is resolute in giving their best, even when we may not be at our peak performance levels all the time.


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