Arteta not getting carried away over Arsenal's early season form
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Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard has explained Gabriel Jesus was happy for him to steal his shot to score the Gunners’ second goal in their 3-0 victory over Bournemouth. Both players starred in the comfortable win at the Vitality Stadium with the Norwegian scoring twice while the Brazilian had a goal ruled out for offside.
The Gunners’ have enjoyed a hugely successful start to the season and currently boast a 100% after three games, something they have not achieved since 2004. The club currently sit top of the Premier League, a position they could maintain beyond this weekend depending on the outcome of Manchester City’s match against Newcastle.
Odegaard and Jesus combined to create the second goal after the striker took a heavy touch from a Ben White cutback. It proved to work out well for his skipper who could nick the ball off his toes to curl home into the bottom corner. The midfielder tried to return the favour later in the match when he set up the Brazil international to score what they thought was the club’s fourth goal but it was ruled off after VAR found it to be marginally offside.
However, there was no sign of any ill-feelings within the Arsenal changing room as Odegaard explained that Jesus was happy for him to take the shot instead.
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“He was okay with me, he said I was in a better position,” the Norway international said. “I tried to give him one back but unfortunately it was offside but that’s football.
Odegaard was also keen to praise the striker’s all-round game given how much he brings to the side. The duo are part of the club’s leadership group alongside long-serving midfielder Granit Xhaka with all three wearing the armband for a spell during the match.
“I think he’s not just about the goals, he gives us so much in the play as well,” the 23-year-old explained. “He drops down to combine, he’s brilliant in a lot of phases in the game, it’s amazing to play with and we’re really lucky to have him here.
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The striker also received praise from his manager Mikel Arteta with the Spaniard praising his No 9’s consistency.
“Individual actions make a difference in football and Gabriel Jesus is doing them week in, week out,” he told Sky Sports. “He was involved in the goals and his contributions to the team have been outstanding. He’s still 25 so he can improve his level a lot. He is hungry enough and has a huge desire to get better and better.”
Arsenal will look to build on their 100% start to the season when they face Premier League new boys Fulham at the Emirates next weekend.
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