‘It’s not a problem!’ – Arsenal and Brazil star Gabriel Jesus hits back at critics over lack of goals

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Wed, 30/11/2022
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‘It’s not a problem!’ – Arsenal and Brazil star Gabriel Jesus hits back at critics over lack of goals
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Gabriel Jesus, a star for Brazil and Arsenal, has responded sharply against those who have criticised him for not scoring enough goals.

While Jesus has performed admirably in Qatar, he has fallen short of his teammates, such as Richarlison and Vinicius Junior, in Brazil's two World Cup games as a substitute.

Fans and analysts have had varied reactions to the forward's performance for the Gunners since his £45 million summer transfer to the Emirates.

While the 25-year-old has led their attack and contributed significantly to Mikel Arteta's team's ascent to the top of the Premier League, there is concern that he has failed when it comes to scoring goals.

Only Kevin De Bruyne and Bukayo Saka have produced more than his five assists, but with only five league goals and none since October 1st, he is well below players like Erling Haaland and Harry Kane.

Jesus, however, insisted that his lack of goals did not matter to Apostagolos after Brazil's 1-0 victory over Switzerland on Monday night, saying: "Of course I'm the player who should score every now and then, I'm here for the goals."

"I aim to score goals when I'm on the field, but I also try to lend a hand." I enjoy it when we succeed, too. I'll be honest; I'm not considering that. If given the opportunity, I'll score. I'm certain.

No, I don't believe that [my finishing] is a problem. We can discuss finishing, but discussing my chances would be more acceptable. The football played here and at Arsenal is different.

Even though I missed a couple opportunities, I'm confident that the issue is unrelated to submitting. I had a strong start to the season, but nobody seemed to care. It's not a problem, though. Soon, I'll put the ball in the goal, and I won't stop once more.

Brazil is the overwhelming favourite to win the World Cup after 20 years with two wins from two games and no goals allowed, ahead of countries like France and Spain.

Their lineup may be the most talented and star-studded of any team in Qatar, even without star player Neymar, and Jesus thinks their moment has come.

It is obvious, he continued. Brazil, you understand. We need to take care of a story. And all we want to do is play football for enjoyment.

We have a lot of amazing attributes both in the front and the centre. even when defending

We’re trying to play our football in the style you said, but you know what’s more important? That we try to help each other on the field. Run from all sides to help catch the ball and move it to attack.’

Brazil’s final group game will be against Cameroon on Friday.