Arsenal have had one of their best starts in the Premier League. The Gunners have accumulated 31 points after 12 games and are top of the Premier League.
The Gunners have won 10 out of their first 12 Premier League games. Their only defeat in the Premier League this season was against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
One player that has had a massive influence on Arsenal this season is their summer signing from Manchester City Gabriel Jesus. The Brazilian international had been involved in everything good about Arsenal this season.
Gabriel Jesus has scored five goals and provided seven assists in 16 appearances for Arsenal this season. However, Gabriel Jesus has failed to score his last seven appearances for Arsenal.
Rio Ferdinand has praised Gabriel Jesus’ contribution to Arsenal this season far and has labeled him as the most important player for Arsenal this season.
What did Rio Ferdinand say about Gabriel Jesus?
Ferdinand revealed on his Youtube Channel, vibe with Five: “Do you know what? I listened to the manager [Mikel Arteta] the other day before this game [against Forest].
“He basically said: “we need our strikers scoring if we’re going to be successful… we need them to score”. That’s a fact.
“Listen, I still believe he’s Arsenal’s most important player by the way. Without him, Arsenal are not the same team. But he just needs to add goals now. You can’t criticize anything else he’s doing.”
Meanwhile, Arsenal Legend Ian Wright has admitted that he was disappointed Gabriel Jesus did not score in Arsenal’s 5-0 win over Nottingham Forest.
Ian Wright said: “Arsenal needs goals. They need goals from wherever they can get them from. Unfortunately for Forest, we gave them a bit of a beating today, but that’s what we need.
“We need people getting in the box, taking opportunities to shoot and score. We’ve got five goals today and our center-forward [Gabriel Jesus] hasn’t scored.
“Everybody is talking about it. You’re hoping it’s just something… He’s got a couple of assists, but we want our center-forward to score as well.
“Jesus had a very good chance [in the game]. He’s got to hit the target there. He’s just in that form at the moment. He looks a little bit clunky.
“He seems to be attracted to the ball. There’s no reason for him to do that. I’d rather he stayed up there [leading the line].
“We’ve got enough players to do that. He can make runs. That’s where you want him.”
Gabriel Jesus will hope to end his goal drought when Arsenal welcomes FC Zurich at the Emirates or in the Premier League against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.