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Jesus raised the bar at Arsenal, says Arteta

LONDON, Aug 13 (Reuters) – Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has spoken of Gabriel Jesus’ positive impact on the rest of the squad after the Brazilian marked his home debut with two goals in a a 4-2 win over Leicester City in the Premier League on Saturday.

Jesus, who joined Manchester City in a deal worth around 45 million pounds ($54.6 million), scored twice in the first half and was involved in other goals for Granit Xhaka and fellow Brazilian Gabriel Martinelli.

The 25-year-old could have scored a hat-trick and was applauded when he was substituted late.

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“We know what Gabi can do. He scored two goals and had two assists and is still disappointed because he thinks he should have scored four,” said Arteta, who worked with Jesus during his tenure. assistant coach at Manchester City.

“That’s the norm, that’s the mentality. You have to step up to a different level.”

Jesus’ influence on his teammates was clear as Arsenal’s fluid attack looked powerful on Saturday.

The Leicester defenders had a torrid time as Jesus showed the kind of form that won him many fans at City, even though he struggled to find a starting spot.

“I wouldn’t like to play against him. I’ve never been a defender, but I can imagine I wouldn’t like that. He’s so mobile, so intuitive, always sharp and proactive to play at all times and in every phase. game, and that’s a real threat,” Arteta said.

“I think it raises the standards of the way he is every day, the way he talks to (his teammates), the way they connect. I think it’s very natural, but at the same time, it’s quite impressive to do it quickly.”

Jesus looks like a key man in Arsenal’s pursuit of a top-four return and Arteta knows he has to manage the Brazilian carefully to keep him at his peak.

“That’s why we removed it,” he said. “I think he’s made 18 starts in the last two seasons and we’re going to ask him to start a lot of games, so we have to manage that load when we can.”

The mood around the stadium was vibrant and Arteta praised the way the fans responded to William Saliba, also like Jesus on his home debut, after scoring an own goal early in the second half.

“What they did today with William Saliba after the own goal is something I’ve never seen in my career,” Arteta told reporters.

“It shows connection and really being there when it matters and when it’s hard.

“We should be really proud to play in front of them because it was special.”

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Reporting by Martyn Herman, editing by Ed Osmond

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