Later News Aug 05

Arteta looking to Jesus for inspiration ahead of season opener against Crystal Palace

Rejoice, for our prayers have been answered: The English Premier League is finally back!


And of course, it is only apt that the new season kicks off with Jesus front and centre of it all – Gabriel Jesus, that is.


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The 25-year-old is expected to be a nailed-on starter for Arsenal when they take on Crystal Palace tomorrow morning (SGT). And Gunners manager Mikel Arteta has faith that Jesus will be able to feed the masses of Arsenal fans who are hungry for success, preferably with five goals and two assists against Palace.


“When you bring in top players who are coming from top clubs where they have been extremely successful over the years, they are going to expect that expectation,” said Arteta.


“The role Gabriel has here is going to be very different to the role he had at his previous club, that needs some adaptation and some time. He's done it fantastically well, we are surprised how quickly he has done it, but we have to share that responsibility.


“He's an enormous talent, a player with mentality that is so contagious, and he is going to give us a lot, but it is a team contribution at the end of the day.”


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Last year, Arsenal also had the honour of kicking off the new EPL season against then newly-promoted Brentford. That ultimately proved to be a disaster for Arteta’s side, as they fell to a 0-2 defeat to the Bees, before then proceeding to lose to both Chelsea and Manchester City in their subsequent two matches.


This time around, however, Arteta believes his team will be able to get off to a better start to the season, even though an away trip to Palace is the very definition of a banana skin fixture.


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“It is different, everything that happened before that game [at Brentford] was pretty strange and unique, the preparation, the pre-season we had,” Arteta mused.


“Now is different context, we are really excited, looking forward to the new season and will try and start in the best possible way. This is how we have with our preparation.


“It's true we have trimmed and changed the squad massively in the last two windows and you feel like now the players we have are more specific and better to the way we want to play.”




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