Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko have a winning mentality – Mikel Arteta


Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta believes the signings of Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko will bring a winning mentality that his squad has been lacking to date.

Arteta spent around £75million to sign Brazilian striker Jesus and Ukraine full-back Zinchenko from champions Manchester City this summer.

The Spaniard will make both players their Premier League debuts in Friday night’s opener at Crystal Palace.

“These players have been inspired by top players, top pros and reckless winners for many years,” Arteta said.

“They’ve looked at them and now it’s their turn to do the same and inspire the younger players in our squad to do the same and show them what it takes to win and how detailed, hungry and committed they are that you have to keep winning.”

Jesus is already reveling in the role of centre-forward as the 25-year-old has scored seven goals in preparation.

“The role Gabi has here will be very different from the role Gabi had at his previous club,” Arteta added.

“It takes some adjustment and time and we’re all surprised at how quickly he’s done it, but we have to share that responsibility.

“He’s a tremendous talent with a mentality that’s so contagious and he’ll give us a lot but at the end of the day it’s a team.”

Patrick Vieira, meanwhile, admitted Arteta’s new arrivals will present a “completely different” challenge to the squad that Palace defeated 3-0 in the Gunners’ trip to Selhurst Park last season.

“I think they’re in better shape than last year,” said the Eagles coach at his former club.

“The new players they brought in are much stronger. They have the squad to challenge and get closer to the title.”

Vieira admitted he has “few numbers” at his disposal, with Michael Olise, James Tomkins and James McArthur on the Eagles’ injury list.

Although the depth could pose a challenge, Vieira brushed aside concerns that Palace’s pre-season tour to Singapore and Australia, which saw his squad split across continents at the start of the pre-season, could impact their readiness for Friday’s competition.

He added: “We will not use that as an excuse. We spent a few days and a few weeks together, we had the game against Montpellier which I think was a good team effort in the first half.

“We worked this week on what we needed to improve. There is no doubt how fit we will be physically and mentally, how ready we will be to compete.” Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko have a winning mentality – Mikel Arteta

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