Arsenal consolidated their lead at the top of the Premier League rankings with a 2-1 victory over Wolves. Two goals from Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard helped the Gunners win all three points. After a jubilant 6-0 victory over RC Lens in the Champions League, Mikel Arteta’s team continued to maintain their momentum.
Besides the positive points, Arteta still has question marks and problems on the offensive front. Sharing in the post-match interview, the Spanish captain said:
“The score could have been very different. Arsenal were unlucky at certain times. I think we had two or three shots that hit the post. In attack, Arsenal created many good opportunities. , bringing in two beautiful goals. Should have been, Arsenal can score 3 or 4 goals“.
Arsenal’s attack has not been able to make the most of the opportunities created in front of Wolves’ goal. In this match, Arteta arranged Gabriel Jesus to start from the start. The Brazilian star plays the number 9 role. Supporting Jesus is the duo Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli.
The Sofascore site gave Jesus a score of 6.5 out of 10. Statistical data outlines Jesus’ contributions. The 26-year-old star launched just two shots during his 67 minutes on the field, including 1 shot on target, 1 shot off target; There are 18 touches of the ball, creating 1 key pass.
Jesus had two good chances, but the former Man City player’s shots failed to score. After more than 20 minutes of the second half, Arteta took Jesus off and replaced him with Eddie Nketiah.
Sharing about himself, Jesus said: “Scoring goals is not my strong point. I practice, work hard, try to support the team. If you mention my name, everyone will remember other things instead of goals.”
Jesus is a striker who likes to move widely, has the ability to play well on the wing, and penetrate and connect with surrounding teammates. Those qualities turn Jesus into an important factor in the way Arsenal plays and participates in attacking situations.
However, Arsenal and Arteta need more than that from Jesus. The Gunners need a striker with stable scoring performance, capable of averaging 20 goals per season.
Besides the unconvincing bullet release performance, Jesus’ history of sensitivity to injury becomes another limitation.
Commenting with talkSPORT, football expert Jamie O’Hara commented on Arsenal: “Arsenal is approaching the level of a championship team. I think they need another striker. If Arsenal owns Ivan Toney or a high-class number 9 Otherwise, they will get closer to the championship.”
Arsenal does not have a plan B capable of replacing or playing more prominently than Jesus. Nketiah is unlikely to reach 20 goals per season. Therefore, the Gunners desperately need to add more firepower on the offensive front, especially at position number 9.
Mr. Nguyen | 07:02 December 3, 2023