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Gabriel reveals his attitude towards Arsenal’s rumored interest in other strikers

Gabriel Jesus is unfazed by reports of Arsenal’s interest in other strikers as he aims to maintain fitness and replicate his prolific Champions League performance in the Premier League.

The Brazil international extended his European goal tally to four in as many appearances with the Gunners’ second goal in the 6-0 victory over Lens on Wednesday.

However, Jesus has only scored once in the top-flight this season due to knee and hamstring injuries. Despite transfer rumors linking Arsenal with Victor Osimhen, Ivan Toney, and Kylian Mbappe, Jesus downplayed their significance, emphasizing that he contributes more than just goals.

“This happens you know, maybe it can be agents talking about a lot of things,” he said.

“I’m not the most experienced, but I think I have seen a lot of things in football.

“Sometimes it is like this, it happened when I was at City even with (Sergio) Aguero and me scoring. I was scoring a lot and people was linking everyone. So here, I don’t care about this.

“I know my qualities and I know what I can bring to the team. I can score and I can also help with other things, like opening spaces. But the only people who can see it are those who watch the game and understand.

“Those who don’t understand we will say that: ‘Oh he didn’t score today’. But maybe I run and open space for someone and, let’s be honest, I don’t miss a lot of chances.

“I think it is not about ‘he doesn’t know how to score’. Sometimes I have to be more in the box, that is the one thing I am working on.”

I know my qualities and I know what I can bring to the team.

Arsenal secured a spot in the Champions League last-16 as Group B winners with a convincing victory at Emirates Stadium. Jesus played a role in Kai Havertz’s opening goal and then extended the lead with a composed finish.

The first half also saw Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli, and Martin Odegaard finding the net before Jorginho’s late penalty. Despite comments made last week about his goal-scoring ability being misinterpreted, the 26-year-old showcased his contribution to Arsenal’s success.

“I spoke after the game against Argentina – and people don’t understand sometimes and people took it out of context and said ‘Gabi, his strong point isn’t scoring’,” he said.

“And I said this, but not in that way. I have other qualities as well, but I can score guys!

“I want to score every game, if it’s possible a hat-trick. But that’s not the reality.

“Now my main target is to keep fit because I know I can help everyone here. I’m sleeping better, I’m eating better.”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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