Smith Rowe thinks that Arsenal may benefit from Jesus
After signing from Premier League champions Manchester City, Gabriel Jesus can help Arsenal develop a “winning mindset,” according to his new Gunners teammate Emile Smith Rowe.
Jesus, a Brazilian striker who started just 28 games in all competitions last season and netted 13 goals, departed Pep Guardiola’s team for Arsenal in a move estimated to be worth £45 million.
Despite playing fewer minutes than other City players last season, Riyad Mahrez (24), Kevin De Bruyne (19), Raheem Sterling (17), and Phil Foden (14) all scored more goals than Jesus did as Guardiola’s team successfully defended their title by one point over Liverpool.
Only Lionel Messi (291), Sterling (186), Kevin De Bruyne (175), and Sergio Aguero (151) have scored more goals under Guardiola than Jesus, who also won 10 awards during his tenure with City. Jesus has a total of 136 goals under his guidance.
Jesus will turn 25 in April, but Smith Rowe thinks the Gunners would gain from his experience playing for a top team.
The Evening Standard quoted him as saying, “He’s been amazing since he got in, it feels like he’s been here for a couple of years.”
“Everyone is aware of his talent, and we are eager to work with him. Man City is a large club that has recently had a lot of success.
“It would be good if he could bring that [winning] mentality and help us out.”
Jesus netted in Arsenal’s friendly win over Everton last time out, taking him to three goals in two pre-season appearances for his new side.
But the 25-year-old is not the only signing made by Mikel Arteta during the transfer window, with Porto’s 22-year-old midfielder Fabio Vieira joining for an initial fee of £30million (€35m).
And Smith Rowe was keen to emphasise Vieira’s similarity to another Portuguese midfielder, namely City’s Bernardo Silva, as he hailed his creative talents.
“He’s very similar [to Silva],” Smith Rowe said of Vieira. “He’s a very good passer of the ball, his left foot is very good, and he likes to create goals and score them himself.
“I’ve already played against him at international level, so I can’t speak highly enough of him, and the fans should be really excited. At the Euro Under-21s, they [Portugal] beat us 2-0 and he was unbelievable in that game.”
Arsenal will feature in the Europa League after a late-season collapse saw rivals Tottenham beat them to a top-four Premier League finish last time out, and Smith Rowe says the Gunners are desperate to atone for that disappointment in the 2022-23 campaign.
“It’s definitely tough looking back on it, it was in our hands. The Spurs game [a 3-0 defeat in May]… it was tough. It wasn’t a nice atmosphere. All the boys were down,” he recalled.
“The manager picked us up and we had another chance after that, but it didn’t go our way in the end.
“Going forward, we have just got to stick together as a team. We are a young team, we are still getting there. It’s fuel for us going forward and we can’t wait to start the season.
“It will be a good season, a tough season. The big clubs are buying players and every season is hard, but we are confident.
“It’s been a long time since we’ve been in the Champions League. We need to get back in it, not just for us but for the fans as well.”