Gabriel Jesus encourages Arsenal teammates to relish title race
- Gabriel Jesus emphasises the importance of team unity and staying focused to maintain Arsenal’s current form in the Premier League title race.
- Jesus played a supporting role during his injury recovery, offering advice and encouragement to his teammates, and his return has boosted the team’s confidence.
- Despite injury concerns, Arsenal’s collective effort and squad strength will be crucial in their pursuit of the championship.
- Jesus is eager to contribute on the pitch and make a decisive impact in the closing games of the season to repay the fans’ support.
Speaking to the media after Arsenal beat Crystal Palace 4-1, the Brazilian striker, who was signed from Manchester City along with Oleksandr Zinchenko, revealed he is confident that the squad’s unity and understanding are crucial factors in their journey to the top of the league.
Jesus’ role in team unity
With 10 games remaining, Jesus emphasises the importance of staying focused and sticking together.
He believes that the strong relationships within the team are the reason for their success, and that these qualities will be essential in holding off Manchester City in the final stretch of the season.
“Now is, in my opinion, the best part of the season,” Jesus said. “When you have deciding games, big games as well, away and at home.
“Now is the time we have to play the same, don’t change, be together and then we will see.”
Collective effort in title race
Ahead of the international break, Jesus returned from a long injury layoff that had kept him out for almost four months.
The striker expressed his gratitude for the support of his family, friends, and the club’s staff during his recovery. Despite not scoring since October, Jesus’ return is significant and has already boosted the team’s confidence.
While Jesus was recovering, he continued to play a supporting role in the dressing room, offering advice and encouragement to his teammates. Now fully fit, he is eager to contribute on the pitch and help maintain Arsenal’s lead in the Premier League.
“When you have a good relationship with the team-mates, everything on the pitch works well,” the Brazilian said. “That’s why we are top of the league: we are playing good football, we understand each other.
“It’s very good to be back.
“It was a long and very bad injury… it’s not easy to be out for almost four months.
“I prefer to be on the pitch, helping, running, playing and helping my team-mates (rather) than outside. Outside, you suffer a lot!
“My family as well – my wife, my daughter, my mum, my brothers, my sisters, my friends, everyone close to me helped me a lot.
“Also here, the people at the club – the players, the staff, the manager.
“I think the most important thing was my mind. I tried to keep focused, keep strong and then come back fully fit”.
Arsenal’s injury concerns
As the season nears its end, Arsenal face some injury concerns, with several key players sidelined.
However, Jesus believes the team’s unity and collective effort will be vital in their pursuit of the championship.
He asserts that Arsenal’s success cannot be attributed to any single player but rather the collective strength of the squad.
“The team are doing so good – I think no one here is the main man,” he said.
“Everyone is together. When I got injured, we were sure Eddie could go there and help us – and he did it. (Leandro) Trossard came in – and did it as well.
“So everyone is together, it’s like this. To be champions of this big, big competition we need not only 11 players.”
With Arsenal fans adjusting their expectations and the return of Jesus providing an additional boost, the team is set to give their all in the final stages of the title race.
The Brazilian striker is eager to repay the fans for their unwavering support and looks forward to making a decisive impact in the closing games of the season.
“They have always been good with me – helping me, pushing me,” the striker said.
“The way they did last Sunday against Fulham (his comeback) was amazing. I will never forget that. All I want is to give it back to them on the pitch, maybe in the next game, I don’t know. But I will help a lot.”