Mikel Arteta praised Gabriel Jesus’ performance after the forward opened his Arsenal account with a brace in the 4-2 win over Leicester.
Manchester City’s summer signing got the Emirates going in the Gunners’ first home game of the season with a stunning shot followed by a header to double their lead before half-time.
However, Jesus later admitted to his manager that he wasn’t as thrilled with his performance as the Gunners fans, who flooded social media with praise after their side picked up another three points.
“We know what Gaby can do,” Arteta said. “He also has two assists and is disappointed in that dressing room because he said he could have scored four.
“That’s the standard, that’s the desired mentality. To go to another level, you need that mentality.
“I wouldn’t like to play against him. I’ve never been a defender but I can imagine they don’t enjoy it. He’s so mobile, so intuitive and he’s always sharp and proactive to play at every moment and stage of the game and he’s a real threat.”
The Brazilian’s brace was ultimately responsible for all the goals in the first half of a competition that saw Leicester take the earliest chance when Wesley Fofana swept into the box from the left and aimed a slow, rolling shot at the waiting Aaron Ramsdale.
They recovered one after the restart, but with little effort of their own when a William Saliba own goal pulled the Foxes inside one.
But in a back-and-forth second half, Granit Xhaka restored the Gunners’ advantage within two minutes before Gabriel Martinelli needed even less time to reply to a James Maddison strike.
Arteta is convinced that the Jesus Effect has spread to his entire team.
He added: “He’s raising the standards. The way he trains every day, the way he speaks today, the way they connect, I think it’s very natural, but at the same time it’s quite impressive to be able to do it so quickly.
The Gunners coach also marveled at the reaction of the 60,033 who packed the Emirates, particularly after Saliba’s own goal.
He said: “What they did after that today is something I haven’t seen in my career and that shows a connection and really shows that you’re there when it matters and when it’s difficult for someone.
“We should be really proud to play in front of them because that’s something special. That boosted the confidence of (Saliba) and how he played the minute after, and also for the team.”
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers, meanwhile, could see some positives in his side’s performance despite conceding a goal at crucial moments and agreed the ongoing transfer window could shake some of his players.
“I think it’s obviously difficult for young players,” he agreed. “But I think you can see from the spirit of the team that they kept fighting from the first whistle.
“We started the game well, very aggressively, and just before the drinking break we conceded.
“I think the players that you saw lasted until the end and if we don’t concede the goals and make the mistakes for the goals then the goal line is a lot closer.”
Fofana, 21, who has been linked with a move to Chelsea in recent weeks, walked over after the final whistle to acknowledge away fans.
It was not an indication of a farewell, Rodgers asserted.
“He gave the fans a smack,” he said. “I didn’t see any farewell clapping.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/mikel-arteta-gabriel-jesus-leicester-arsenal-wesley-fofana-b2144606.html Gabriel Jesus is raising Arsenal standards, says Mikel Arteta after Leicester win