Gabriel Jesus’ Return Boosts Arsenal’s Title Hopes2 min read
Gabriel Jesus made his return to the Arsenal team last weekend, donning the Gunners shirt for the first time since November as they secured a victory against Fulham at Craven Cottage. With a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League table, Arsenal have the opportunity to extend their advantage over Manchester City as they face Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium. Jesus’ comeback will undoubtedly boost Arsenal’s confidence as they strive to win the title for the first time since 2004.
In this article, we will explore the impact Jesus can make in the final months of the season. The 25-year-old Brazilian forward had been in fine form, tallying ten goal contributions in 14 appearances in the league before suffering a knee injury at the World Cup in Qatar. Since joining Arsenal from Manchester City last summer, Jesus has been on the losing side in just one league match, and his experience and quality will be valuable for Arsenal’s run-in.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has rotated his squad well in Jesus’ absence, but he expressed his excitement over his return. Arteta acknowledged that managing Jesus’ minutes and involvement in the team will be important, but the player’s high-energy performances will undoubtedly lead from the front. Jesus has completed 28 of his 59 attempted take-ons and made 20 tackles this season, demonstrating his contribution to both attack and defense.
Jesus’ work-rate will plug any gaps that other teams may look to exploit, and his familiarity with working under Arteta and colleague Oleksandr Zinchenko will form a crucial core for Arsenal’s final push across the last 11 league fixtures. Having scored the winning goal for Manchester City to secure a 100-point tally in the 2017-18 season, Jesus knows what it takes to get over the line in the title race.
However, his first task will be to help Arsenal avoid any slip-ups against Crystal Palace, who are currently without a manager. As Arsenal aims to end their 19-year wait for domestic glory, Jesus’ return provides a welcome boost that could lead to more magical moments in the coming months.