It’s fairly quiet from an Arsenal perspective, but there is a bit of stuff regarding Gabriel Jesus whose trip to Brazil has people on edge a bit. Having not played for us since the end of October, and not trained properly with us, their insistence on calling him up for Interlull duty certainly makes me a bit anxious, because he is a player we need – regardless of how well Leandro Trossard and Eddie Nketiah do when he’s absent.
As we sit just a point behind the leaders, there are so many more discussions about how we’re playing this season, rather than how many points we’ve earned. Which isn’t to say those aren’t legitimate, but I don’t think it’s unfair to say that our football this season has been more functional than exciting more often than not. Delving into the reasons why opens up debates about how the manager is seeking greater ‘control’ (this season’s buzzword thus far), and I don’t doubt that’s true.
However, I also think part of it is that players like Gabriel Jesus and Martin Odegaard being absent or not quite at their best have played a part too. Just look at the Sevilla game. Could we have won that game without Jesus? Sure. We did it in the game at home, but that night he made the difference in spectacular style, with an incredible assist and a brilliant goal. In the end we had to depend on our impressive defensive platform, but to get ahead the craft, the style, that little bit extra, came from Jesus.
Hence the reason why his international call-up is so vexatious. As I said the other day, it may well be that the minutes are useful for him, and thus for us, but the fear that he might aggravate the injury – or even pick up another one – is understandable. Brazil are not going to use him in the game against Colombia tomorrow, targetting Wednesday’s game with Argentina as one in which he might take some part.
Brazil head coach Fernando Diniz said yesterday in a press conference:
“I talked to Gabriel, and he…
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Publish date : 2023-11-16 07:42:31
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