Gabriel Jesus, who sustained an injury while serving his country, is still a crucial behind-the-scenes player at Arsenal, according to Mikel Arteta.
Gabriel Jesus is out of commission following a knee surgery, but the summer acquisition still has a role to play for the Premier League leaders off the field.
The summer acquisition from Manchester City was selected for Brazil’s World Cup thanks to his performances for Arsenal. However, he sustained a wound in Qatar and has started the road to recovery.
With a 3-1 victory over West Ham, Arsenal won their first league game without the South American and increased their lead atop the Premier League standings.
After the game, manager Arteta explained that even though the striker is unable to contribute on the field, he still has a significant role to play.
Eddie Nketiah made his league debut this season after replacing Jesus in the starting lineup. The 23-year-old was on target once more against the Hammers after scoring in his previous game against Brighton in the Carabao Cup.
Nketiah made an impression when needed at the close of the previous season, scoring five goals in the process. The best of Arsenal’s goals came from him against West Ham, and the manager of the squad explained how his wounded teammate had contributed.
“Gabriel is still present on the team and is still making a difference on the field,” according to Arteta, who spoke after the match of the Day.
“He is assisting Eddie, and I am thrilled for him. He has already demonstrated that he is always there for us when we need him.”
Arteta expressed his delight at the outcome and his participation in the London derby. The Gunners manager wasn’t too upset when Said Benrahma put the visitors ahead with a penalty kick, and goals from Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka followed before Nketiah secured the victory.
Arteta explained the penalty by saying, “It was a single action; we didn’t defend the direct play well enough, and the referee made the choice from there.
Then, we maintained our composure, never panicked, and took the necessary action to earn the right to win the game. The audience was tremendous both when we scored and right up until the moment we gave up the goal.
They continued to believe. When we scored, the crowd cheered, and we gained the momentum we required.