Gabriel Jesus has pledged to focus on finding the back of the net after playing a key role in Arsenal’s 2-1 victory against Nottingham Forest.
Overcoming a knee injury to participate in the game against Nottingham Forest, Arsenal’s Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus opened the scoring in the 65th minute and assisted Bukayo Saka for the second goal seven minutes later.
Jesus has faced scrutiny for scoring 19 goals in 56 games across all competitions since his £45 million transfer from Manchester City in the summer of 2022. Despite this, he has been influential as a creative force, contributing 12 assists during that period. Now, the 26-year-old, with a total of 73 Premier League goals, aims to focus on increasing his goal-scoring tally.
“Sometimes it is all about stats and sometimes it is all about watching the game,” he said. “Let’s go, come on.
“If you watch the game, you see me playing… I am close to 100 in the Premier League – that’s not easy.
“Then in the Champions League I am scoring a lot, in the national team I score. Sometimes, like I say, I am not focused on that (scoring goals) and that’s I think my mistake.
“So now, I think I change my mindset and I will be in the box more – and I try everything to score.”
Jesus opens up about changing his ‘mindset’
Jesus wants to keep positive after missing chances in Arsenal’s previous outings – something he did at the City Ground as he scored moments after hitting the post.
“Also I am changing my mindset, I think I am more focused on the game now,” he said. “Before, when I miss one or two chances (I may have got disheartened)… I think that was not the case today.
“And I think I created and my team gave me the ball – it was amazing – and I hit the post. I think it was more unlucky than a miss, but I keep trying.
“A minute after, I create another one and I miss the time to shoot, but I keep working, I keep trying, I keep focused on the game.
“I try to find another way to score and it worked. Sometimes it is all about this. Keep trying and then it works.”