Gabriel backs Jesus and Saliba to excel for Arsenal

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Arsenal defender Gabriel Magalhaes is confident Gabriel Jesus and William Saliba can provide a huge boost to the team, and explained how he is helping both to settle.

The Gunners signed Jesus from Manchester City to fill an attacking void left by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's exit in January and Alexandre Lacazette's move to Lyon following the expiration of his contract at the Emirates Stadium.

Jesus was on fire in pre-season, hitting seven goals including a hat-trick in the demolition of Sevilla, and made his Premier League debut for Mikel Arteta's side in last week's 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace.

While the Brazilian was not on the scoresheet, his pressing from the front caught the eye and defender Gabriel has revealed he may have had a small part to play in Jesus' move to north London.

"Gabriel [Jesus] is a really good guy. Of course, it helps that we have the Brazilian link," he told Sky Sports.

"When we were on international duty, we discussed his future and I was telling him, 'Come to Arsenal! Come to Arsenal!' Maybe I had a bit of an influence there."

"He is someone who is very focused and really enjoys working hard. He is here to improve the team and he is already doing that.

"He has come here with big expectations. He wants to achieve big things with Arsenal. I think he is really going to help us."

In the win against Palace, Gabriel had a new partner at the heart of defence in the form of Saliba, who was making his competitive debut for the Gunners three years after he was signed from Saint-Etienne.

The France international earned an abundance of praise following his performance, including being compared by Gary Neville to a young Rio Ferdinand, and Gabriel believes they can forge a strong relationship on the field.

"He's a young player who came here at a very young age and then went out to get some experience," he added.

"Now, despite his age, he is already playing for the French national team. That tells you how good he is. He's here to help the team and he's a very promising talent.

"He is a good friend of mine already. We speak French together, so that helps. He has added a lot of quality to the team and I think he has a brilliant future ahead of him.

"I have been here for two years now, so I do have experience that I can use to help him.

"But at the same time, he can help me. He has a lot of quality and a lot of physical strength out on the pitch. We have similar qualities. I think we complement each other well."