When Arsenal experienced 3 consecutive defeats during the Christmas and New Year period, the Gunners’ attackers were the ones most heavily criticized by the media and public opinion, of course, including the striker duo Jesus and Eddie Nketiah received a series of criticism and ridicule.
But during the most difficult time, coach Mikel Arteta repeatedly affirmed that the Gunners would not add more strikers in this January transfer window because The Spanish strategist places the utmost trust in his two students.
Before the match with Forest took place, the duo Jesus – Nketiah scored a total of 8 goals in the Premier League this season, a number that according to Manchester United legend Gary Neville, is not enough to help the Gunners dream of winning the championship. enemy.
“I have affirmed this issue many times, as long as Arsenal lets Jesus and Nketiah play at the highest level, they will never win the Premier League. “The two of them only deserve to play for mid-range clubs,” Neville said on his personal Podcast in December.
Faced with criticism from all sides, Jesus chose to stay silent, practice hard, listen to advice from the coaching staff and gradually prove his class.
Perhaps the training period in Dubai nearly 2 weeks ago partly helped the Brazilian star regain his inspiration to play football.
Then, in the first match against Crystal Palace after a short winter break, Jesus immediately left his mark with an assist to help Leandro Trossard score, thereby contributing significantly to the team’s devastating 5-0 victory. Gunner. In the match at Emirates Stadium last weekend, Jesus even created up to 4 dangerous passes for his teammates, but only 1 of them was turned into a goal by Trossard. He was scored 8.5 points by Sofascore after more than 80 minutes of play. Of course, there are still many regrets for the former Manchester City star when he did not score any goals.
However, the 26-year-old striker did not have to wait too long for the opportunity to celebrate the goal. Even in the 2-1 victory over Forest this morning, Jesus became the main character.
After 78 minutes of performing at the City Ground, the Samba dancer had 1 goal and 1 assist for teammate Saka to score, 2 moments of ecstasy for Jesus, especially in the 65th minute scoring phase when The star born in 1997 showed that he had an impeccable connection with his former teammate Matt Turner How correct is Coach Arteta’s faith in Jesus?.
In addition, the fact that Arteta changed the starting scheme by giving midfielder Emile Smith Rowe the opportunity to start the game partly helped Jesus flourish when the former Man City star and Smith Rowe had many good and more accurate combinations. In the finishing stages, Jesus can completely help Arsenal score an earlier goal.
In this match, the Brazilian striker continued to be favored by Sofascore with a score of 8.5 (highest in the match), but it was completely deserved for Jesus’ classy performance.
Jesus had a goal to break the streak of losing 4 consecutive matches in the Premier League, but if he was happy, Arteta was certainly 10 times more excited because in the end, after so many efforts to protect the student he tried to bring back. From Man City nearly 2 years ago, now the 42-year-old military leader can finally smile with satisfaction.
With the return of his inspiration to play football, the ultimate task for Jesus right now is nothing other than continuing his regular shooting form in the coming time because only then will his team have the confidence to dream of the future. noble titles at the end of the season, especially when Arsenal prepares to enter the most fierce race of this campaign both in the Premier League and the Champions League.
Viet Tung | 09:59 January 31, 2024