Former Arsenal defender Mikael Silvestre had admitted he’s ‘concerned’ about Gabriel Jesus’ form in front of goal after such a promising start to the season. Silvestre has criticised the Brazil international’s final touch and decision-making amid his frustrating goal drought for the Gunners.
After starting life at Arsenal with five goals in his first eight Premier League games, Jesus is enduring a nine-match goal drought across all competitions. Despite his final-third woes, he’s been praised for helping improve Mikel Arteta’s side with his combination play and winning mentality from his Manchester City days.
However, Silvestre is worried about his dry spell and claimed the 25-year-old is trying too hard, which is leading to mistakes. He also suggested that Jesus was the only ‘weak part’ of Arteta’s thriving squad, with the Gunners sat at the top of the Premier League after 13 games.
He told bettingexpert: “Gabriel Jesus [is a concern]. Not a weak link but a bit of a concern for his goalscoring consistency. Because he is giving a lot to the team and sometimes, the final touch is not accurate, he is not making the right choice. Or he would force it.
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“He is the only one, but he is just dipping in form at the moment. But thank god for them, they are creating chances, and you have other goalscorers. The strength of the team is going forward, and scoring goals is not only on Jesus. Apart from that, I don’t see any weak parts.”
On the contrary, Silvestre has hailed William Saliba, Granit Xhaka, Martin Odegaard and Jesus’ attacking partner Gabriel Martinelli as Arsenal’s best players this season. But he reserved special praise for the latter, who was included alongside Jesus in Brazil’s 2022 World Cup squad.
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“For me, it is between Saliba, Martinelli and Xhaka [as Arsenal’s best player this season]. It is between those three. And even Odegaard. He has got the armband, so it’s just standard for him that he needs to be up there in terms of performances,” Silvestre added.
“That is why it is hard to pick because it shows how good they are individually. That is why they are at the top of the league. I would go for Martinelli [as the standalone performer] because he has been creating, he has been scoring, and he is making all of the right-backs suffer.”
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