Mikel Arteta has suggested Gabriel Jesus could be the difference maker for Arsenal this season after shining again in a resounding win over Bournemouth on Saturday. The boss also teased his transfer plan for the rest of the summer as fans await the restart of the Gunners’ spending spree.
It was another joyous day for Arsenal as their 3-0 win over Bournemouth made it three wins from three and lifted them top of the Premier League table. The run stands in stark contrast to how they started last campaign, when a trio of defeats left them at rock bottom.
Martin Odegaard’s first brace was followed by a stunning William Saliba at the Vitality Stadium and, although Jesus failed to make the scoresheet, his quality flashes and superb skill to set up the opener did. were noted by Arteta after the final whistle.
“Individual actions make a difference in football and Gabriel Jesus does them week after week,” he told Sky Sports. “He’s been involved in goals and his contributions to the team have been outstanding. He’s still 25 so he can improve his level a lot. He’s hungry enough and has a huge desire to improve more and more .”
Arsenal have already splashed out over £100million on new signings this summer, with fans rejoicing in the impacts of Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko. Fabio Vieira, who arrived from Porto in June and missed the start of the season through injury, was benched on Saturday but was not selected to come on.
On whether there could be more arrivals by the September 1 transfer deadline, Arteta added: “We will try all the way. The transfer window is tricky at the moment, we We’ll try to do something else but let’s see what we can do.”
“It’s still far away [from perfect]”, Arteta told Sky Sports. “I think we had very good periods and we were very effective, but in the second half we conceded too many chances. I’m proud because it’s not easy to come here and win 3-0, but there are still things to improve.
“We talked about [making a fast start]. We expected that because we saw the game against Aston Villa and how they started the game. We were precise in the decision-making and the two goals gave us a lot of confidence.”
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