Arsenal vs. Leicester City scores: Gabriel Jesus runs rampant with two goals and two assists as Gunners win

Times are changing at the top of Arsenal attack. Gabriel Jesus made his Premier League Arsenal debut at the Etihad in style, contributing to all four Arsenal goals as they cruised to a 4-2 win over Leicester City. Granit Xhaka, Gabriel Martinelliand Jesus contributed to the goals on a day when Mikel Arteta will take the good along with the defensive wobblings, especially when the final score is three points.

It shows the growth in Jesus’ game that he is now a focal point in the attack instead of being one of many cogs in Manchester City machine and that so far he has taken the pressure and run with it. In the opening match against Crystal Palace, it was Jesus’ defensive pressure that shone, blocking passing lanes and allowing the rest of the Arsenal attack to flow around him. But against a Leicester side that tried to attack Arsenal, Jesus managed to take the game to them.

His opener was a thing of beauty and if this is a sign that Jesus can now perform at least to the level of his expected goals, it is a scary sight. Jesus only finished with more goals than xG once in his time at Manchester City, the 2020-21 Premier League campaign where he finished with nine goals and an xG of 8.72. Despite being an efficient goalscorer for City, he actually scored fewer goals every other season than his xG might suggest he “should” have.

Scooped over Danny Ward was a rather cheeky finish and Jesus didn’t want to wait long before getting his second goal. Arsenal have become one of the strongest teams in the league from corners and although the ball came off the head of a Leicester defender, Jesus was lurking at the back post ready to knock any mess into the net. This is the killer instinct that Arsenal have lacked and why they dropped out of Champions League contention last season, but with Jesus at the helm, if he can maintain this form, they should be able to mount a sustained challenge for the top four.

An unlucky own goal from Willam Saliba gave the Foxes hope as he tried to clear the ball but instead it went over his keeper. Aaron Ramsdale, but it wouldn’t take a whole two minutes before Jesus influenced the game again. Jesus pressured Ward and forced the Foxes into a mistake before gifting Granit Xhaka one of the easiest goals he has ever scored.

Jesus’ final assist was again in response to a Leicester goal, this time from James Maddison, when he helped the Brazilian Gabriel Martinelli. The cut across the box was too quick for three Leicester defenders to stop before a confident finish from Martinelli. It’s hard to describe what the “it” factor is for a striker, but in Jesus’ complete game it’s clear he has it. From neat finishes to brutal pressure in the box and everything in between, his game can transform an Arsenal side in need of a return to the Champions League.

Six points from two games with plus four goals is exactly how Arteta wants to kick things off. He is working to bring the Manchester City culture to the Emirates and sign two of their players in Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko has helped to do so. Now the pressure is on to win at least one trophy this season.

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