Rio Ferdinand Names Arsenal’s ‘Most Important Player’ Amid Club’s Fine Run of Results

Rio Ferdinand Names Arsenal’s ‘Most Important Player’ Amid Club’s Fine Run of Results

  • Rio Ferdinand has claimed that Gabriel Jesus has been Arsenal's most important player in their title push
  • This is despite the striker's goals drying up in recent weeks, having failed to score in seven consecutive matches for the Gunners
  • The Arsenal summer signing has scored five Premier League goals in 12 appearances for the north Londoners

Man United legend Rio Ferdinand has declared Gabriel Jesus Arsenal's most important player so far this season despite the striker's goal drought.

The Gunners landed the services of the Brazilian attacker in the summer after he swapped Man City for the north Londoners.

Arsenal, Gabriel Jesus, Premier League, Emirates Stadium, Mikel Arteta, Man City.
Gabriel Jesus applauds fans after the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Arsenal FC at Friends Provident St. Mary's Stadium. Photo by Stuart MacFarlane.
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Jesus had a bright start to life at the Emirates Stadium after his £50 million move as he formed a huge part of Mikel Arteta's attack line.

However, he has recently endured a slump, with the 25-year-old failing to score in Arsenal's last seven games.

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Rio Ferdinand hails Gabriel Jesus

Be that as it may, Rio still contends that Jesus is the most important player in Arteta's squad.

While the legendary defender was quick to admit the former Man City ace needs to rediscover his scoring boots, he insisted Jesus has been crucial for the Gunners.

"Listen, I still believe he's Arsenal’s most important player by the way," Rio said on the Vibe with Five YouTube channel.
"Without him, Arsenal are not the same team. But he just needs to add goals now. You can’t criticise anything else he’s doing," he added.

Arsenal have been in fine shape this season, with the side currently on the summit of the standing with 31 points, two ahead of second-placed Man City.

Jesus frustrated with Southampton draw

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Sports Brief earlier reported on Gabriel Jesus voicing his frustrations, after the Gunners were held to a disappointing draw away at Southampton.

Mikel Arteta's side could not break down the resilient Saints in a tough Premier League encounter that ended in a 1-1 deadlock.

Southampton's stalemate was Arsenal's first draw since January.