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Gabriel Jesus strangely admits he lacks the finishing touch in front of the goal

Arsenal forward Gabriel Jesus has acknowledged that scoring goals is not his “strong point” after another goalless performance for Brazil in their game against Argentina.

Despite carrying an injury into the November international break, Jesus played the full 90 minutes in Brazil’s 1-0 defeat to Argentina. He hasn’t scored for Brazil since a friendly against South Korea in June 2022, and the match against Argentina marked his only international goal since the 2019 Copa America.

Despite a strong start to his career, Jesus has faced challenges in maintaining consistent goal-scoring form.

Gabriel Jesus, the 26-year-old Arsenal forward, has acknowledged that he has not been a consistently prolific goalscorer throughout his career. Despite a strong start in his initial months in Europe, his best goal tally in a single Premier League campaign was 14 goals for Manchester City in the 2019/20 season.

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Over seven full seasons since leaving Brazil, Jesus has only surpassed 20 goals twice, with his highest being 23. His first season with Arsenal in 2022/23, hampered by injuries, saw him reach a maximum of 11 goals in all competitions.

“There are things that bothered me a lot in the post-2018 World Cup cycle. I was younger, I had a different mind. Today I am a more mature man, more educated, a family man. I understand that football is a priority for me, and I know I need to be well to do my best, especially in the Brazilian team,” the player explained to local media in the wake of the Argentina game.

“There are things I can’t control. I train, I look for, I try, I move, I help the team. The goal is inevitable. I believe it’s not my strong point, but I score goals and I’m there to score goals. When coming back, it will happen. It’s work. I work quietly, I’m not one to respond to criticism, I’m not one to be happy for praise. I already was, I won’t be anymore.”

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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