Arsenal star Gabriel Jesus compared to Gunners icon amid impressive display in Sevilla win

NUREMBERG, GERMANY - JULY 08: Gabriel Jesus of Arsenal celebrates with teammates after their sides fourth goal after an own goal by Tim Handwerker of 1.FC Nuernberg (not pictured) during the pre-season friendly match between 1. FC Nürnberg and Arsenal F.C. at Max-Morlock-Stadion on July 08, 2022 in Nuremberg, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Arsenal star Gabriel Jesus compared to Gunners icon amid impressive display in Sevilla win, is this comparison worth it?

Gabriel Jesus has impressed in his short time under Mikel Arteta since moving to Arsenal from Manchester City in a £45million deal.

Arsenal star Gabriel Jesus has been compared to club legend Ian Wright after a series of impressive displays in pre-season.

Jesus completed a £45million move from Manchester City and became Arsenal’s fourth summer signing, scoring twice on his unofficial debut against Nurnberg. Oleksandr Zinchenko followed the Brazilian to north London as Mikel Arteta poached the two stars from City to strengthen his squad ahead of the 2022/23 season.

Jesus bagged his first Arsenal hat-trick against Sevilla as the Gunners cruised to victory against the Spanish side, with Bukayo Saka and Eddie Nketiah also getting in on the act in a 6-0 win at the Emirates Stadium. Gunners icon Nigel Winterburn has since praised Jesus and compared the Brazilian striker to club legend Ian Wright.

Gabriel Jesus has scored seven goals in five games since signing for Arsenal and heads into the new campaign in scintillating form for Arteta’s side. Winterburn commented on the 26-year-old’s performances prior to the game against Sevilla, admitting that the Brazilian reminds him of Ian Wright.

The former Arsenal defender said: “He reminds me of Ian Wright. He loves to score goals!”

Winterburn isn’t alone in his assessment of Jesus, with the Gunners boss also praising the ‘phenomenal’ Brazilian since his arrival at the Emirates Stadium. Arteta said: “What are seeing is that everybody, not just Gabby, plays at that intensity and that willingness to win the ball, to promote mistakes, and to play in the opponent’s half as much as possible.

“You cannot do that if players at the front are walking, they are not tracking, they don’t have that instinct and that intention to provoke things that we want and Gabby is phenomenal at that.

“You are hoping that that is going to happen [Jesus settling in] but obviously a player has to adapt to a new city, to a new club, new teammates and he’s done it in a really fast and natural way. You can see the way they look for him [Jesus] on the pitch, on and off the ball, and what he’s able to transmit as well on that pitch so I am really happy.

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