Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta showered Gabriel Jesus with praise after the forward helped the north London team defeat Sevilla 2-1 in the Champions League on Tuesday,
At the halfway point of the pool stage, the 26-year-old Brazil international helped compatriot Gabriel Martinelli score a goal and move Arsenal to the top of Group B.
Jesus joined Arsenal in July of last year following five seasons at Manchester City, another Premier League team.
He has now scored 23 goals in 41 outings in Europe’s top club tournament.
Jesus was signed by Arsenal for a reason, according to Arteta, who worked as Pep Guardiola’s assistant at City from 2016 to 2019. Arteta responded: “For sure – he’s been through a lot in the last few years and he’s still incredibly young.
“He has enormous experiences, and some of them, while not the nicest, they’ve been necessary to (shape) the player he is today. I’m really happy to have him in the team.
“He came here for a reason; he changed our world.
” He’s brought so much belief and energy to the team, and he needs to step into those moments.
“That’s why he played, and he’s done that.
“That’s when a player becomes accountable to the team, and the team relies on those players to win games. We need players like this.”
After hosting Sheffield United on Saturday in the Premier League, Arsenal will turn their attention to the League Cup on November 1 when they travel to West Ham United in the fourth round.