Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has heaped praise on Arsenal forward Gabriel Jesus.
THE LOWDOWN: ANOTHER GOAL
Gabriel Jesus returned to the scorer’s sheet with a goal against Brentford at the weekend. It was one of the best performances from Mikel Arteta’s men this season.
William Saliba, Gabriel Jesus and Fabio Vieira all got on the scoresheet as the Gunners returned to the summit of the Premier League.
It was Jesus’ fourth goal for the club after he headed home a cross from Granit Xhaka to double Arsenal’s lead at the Community Stadium.
THE LATEST: DIFFERENCE MAKER
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink says Gabriel Jesus will score a lot more goals for Arsenal this season after a slight change in his style in the win over Brentford.
Arsenal returned to the top of the Premier League courtesy of the win and Jesus’ finish against Brentford caught the attention of former striker Hasselbaink. The Brazilian lost Pontus Jansson to head Granit Xhaka’s sumptuous cross into the top corner and put Arsenal 2-0 up.
“It’s [Xhaka’s] cross for me which makes the goal, but what I’m more pleased about is to see Jesus in the box,” Hasselbaink explained on Sky Sports.
“We were talking about, he’s coming too much in the midfield but look where he is – that’s where he needs to be to make the difference.
“It’s a great finish but it’s the cross that makes the goal, the cross makes his mind up where he needs to put it – great finish. Last week he wasn’t going into the box, now he’s in the box making the difference and that’s what people will remember him for the end of the season.”
“He’s a number nine,” he added. “If I’m a number nine, I want players to create from here and there, I can give you a ball and shape you up. He’s come to Arsenal to score goals. He can drop in at times in the midfield but he needs to arrange in the box.
“Who’s going to have chances? Martinelli? Martinelli was out of the game after he had his little spell in the first 20 minutes.”
THE VERDICT: FACTS ONLY
Jesus has everything going for him in the Arsenal shirt at the moment and needs to keep adjusting till he becomes the perfect piece. He’s dropped a lot into midfield this season and many believe it would affect his goal return.
Hasselbaink, being an efficient forward during his days, has made a very important point about the style Jesus deployed at Brentford. If he wants more goals, he should be more present in the box than being outside of it.
However, his link-up play has been helping the side as a whole and can keep a blend of both to help the Gunners remain competitive this season.