Arsene Wenger Blasts Gabriel Jesus: Former Arsenal Boss Says Brazilian Star Is Not a Top Player

Arsene Wenger Blasts Gabriel Jesus: Former Arsenal Boss Says Brazilian Star Is Not a Top Player

Joel Reyes
April 3, 2024 at 10:40 AM
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  • Arsene Wenger criticised Gabriel Jesus during a recent sit-down with Freddie Ljungberg
  • The former Arsenal manager blasted the Brazilian player for his lack of goals this season
  • The Frenchman also questioned the placing of the 'top player' tag on the Gunners' Jesus

Arsene Wenger isn't a fan of Gabriel Jesus.

The former Arsenal manager pulled no punches when talking about the Brazilian star in a recent sit-down with Freddie Ljungberg.

He criticised the 26-year-old attacker, saying that he can't be considered a top player for Arsenal.

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Former Gunners manager Arsene Wenger and Arsenal's Gabriel Jesus. Images: Aurelien Meunier/ Michael Regan.
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Jesus' goal production questioned

According to Wenger, Jesus should be more consistent for him to be worthy of that distinction. He has trouble doing that because of various injuries, missing a total of 184 days since moving to Arsenal.

His goal-scoring numbers have plummeted as a result, with the Brazilian finding the back of the net just four times in the Premier League this season.

Seven players have scored more goals than Jesus in the English top flight this campaign, including Bukayo Saka, Kai Havertz, Leandro Trossard, Gabriel Martinelli, Martin Odegaard, Declan Rice, and Eddie Nketiah.

Jesus was a non-factor in Arsenal's goalless draw with Manchester City over the weekend, with manager Mikel Arteta substituting him in the 72nd minute.

Wenger compared his Premier League-winning sides in the past to Arteta's team, saying the current Gunners lineup have no Thierry Henry because 'Gabriel Jesus is injured a lot'.

He added that there are more goals in the Brazilian than what we see at the moment, per Metro.

Wenger elaborated on what makes a top football player, saying they are 'the guys who are consistently there'.

He used football icons, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, as an example, saying the two have been playing for 15 years now.

Wenger explained why Messi and Ronaldo are a cut above the rest, saying they play 50 to 60 games per year for their clubs.

Kenyan town Machakos recognised by Man City

Sports Brief also reported on Kenya being recognised by Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

The name Machakos was spotted outside the home ground before the Arsenal game last Sunday.

The showdown failed to live up to the hype, with the EPL top-line match ending in a goalless draw.

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