Mikel Arteta compares Gabriel Jesus to Harry Kane as new Arsenal signing ‘creates chaos’

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New man: Gabriel Jesus  (Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
New man: Gabriel Jesus (Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal manager is thrilled with the impact of new signing Gabriel Jesus, who is already "creating chaos" in the forward line, and compared him to Tottenham star Harry Kane.

Jesus made it three goals in two games after opening the scoring as Everton were beaten in the United States. He then turned provider for Bukayo Saka to help seal a 2-0 win.

It has been the perfect start to life at Arsenal for Jesus, who has started to look every penny of his £45million price tag as the squad work towards the start of the Premier League season in less than three weeks.

"[Gabriel] creates chaos, he creates uncertainty and he's always on your shoulder," Arteta told Arsenal's website. "He’s always there to nick the ball off you, he’s always in front of the goal. He’s a real threat and this is what we need.

"And then he’s the one. The moment we give the ball away he is straight away active and putting pressure and getting his team behind him. "He has a lot of leadership skills, I can see straight away what he’s doing with the boys and he’s the type of guy that we want."

Arteta says Jesus has been bought to play as a centre forward in the middle of an attacking three but, after seeing his new man score and assist in the same Arsenal match for the first time, says he is expecting more than just goals.

"He's very versatile, but obviously the way we would like to develop him is in that position (centre-forward)," Arteta explained. "But not on his own sometimes, but don’t close that door because Gabby [Martinelli] in relation to what the opponent does in certain games we are going to have to use him in different positions. He is open to that and he knows it’s part of his strength as well.”

 (Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)
(Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)

Asked if Arsenal need a traditional no.9, Arteta added: "It depends. Look at Harry Kane, look at [Erling] Haaland. I think at the moment there are certain strikers that are available, they grow, they have their moments in European football.

"It depends on the qualities, another one with completely different qualities scores 45 goals every season. So it’s what is available and what the team needs."

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