Just days after Mikel Arteta urged his team to embrace their bloated calendar, Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus stated that he is ready to play as many games as possible.
After Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta stated that elite players must be able to accumulate those kinds of stats, Gabriel Jesus has underlined that he is prepared to play up to 70 games this season.
The Spaniard claimed that despite the mid-season World Cup, he had no reservations about the number of games that some Arsenal players would have to play this season.
And with the Gunners presently leading the Premier League, Arteta has challenged his team to rise to the occasion.
After last week’s 1-0 Europa League victory over PSV Eindhoven, when asked about resting important players like Bukayo Saka, Arteta responded, “Look at the top players in the world—they play matches every three days and make the difference and win the game.
You must be able to do that if you want to be at the top. And I believe that we would be doing a great disservice to young players if we began to instill alternative ideas in their heads.
There is no fitness coach in the world that is going to tell me that they cannot do it, because I’ve seen it: 72 games and scoring 50 goals.
I want them to be ruthless every three days. I want them to knock on my door saying: I want to play, I want to win the game.”
Jesus has replied to his manager’s audacious remark on the eve of Arsenal’s second matchup with PSV in a week, and the former Manchester City player is obviously up for the battle.
As stated in the pre-game press conference on Wednesday, “I’m loving life in my new outfit. I’m eating well and sleeping well.
I live with my daughter, which helps me to mentally recover after playing and training, and I’m ready to play 50, 60, or 70 games this season.”
Jesus has been a standout for Arsenal since moving to the club from Manchester City in a £45 million transfer in the summer, but he hasn’t scored in his last five games.
Jesus is not worried and is certain that he will soon regain his form after missing some fantastic opportunities in the 1-1 draw with Southampton on Sunday.