Gabriel Jesus He admitted that he is willing to stay inside Arsenal. Premier League title hunt in three months’ absence.
The 25-year-old striker returned to the field last weekend and was also out of the bench in Sunday’s 4-1 win. Crystal PalaceThis result put the Gunners clearly eight points off the top of the table towards the international timeout.
Jesus, four-time Premier League champion Manchester Cityleft the Etihad Stadium to join Arsenal He was a key component of Mikel Arteta’s side last summer and ahead of the World Cup.
He had to undergo knee surgery after suffering an injury in Brazil and watched from the sidelines as Arsenal continued to maintain good form as the local campaign resumed.
While he might not be able to contribute on the field, Jesus had more of an observation as he remained integrated with the roster – he was often sitting in the bunker, although he wasn’t eligible for selection.
“I wanted to be involved,” he said.
“I was injured, but in my mind I was involved. ‘I need to talk, I have to try to help them with something by talking and seeing the matches – that’s why… There were quite a few players (in the City) who did that.
“It was a long and very bad injury. Now I’m back, I’m fully in shape. At the same time I’m very happy because the team is doing very well. We keep the distance to the second (ranking), which is good.
“We’re always together, folks, so that’s good. It’s not easy being out for almost four months. I’d rather be on the field, helping, running, playing and helping my teammates than being outside. You’re in so much pain out there.”
Despite his vital role in Arteta’s system, Jesus failed to score in 14 games for Arsenal.
But that doesn’t worry him as Arsenal try to add weight to an ongoing title move with Leeds hosting on April 1.
“The team is doing very well,” he added.
“I don’t think anyone here is the real man. Everyone together. When I got hurt, we were sure Eddie (Nketiah) could go there and help us, and he did.
“(Leandro) Trossard came and did that too. So everybody together, we don’t need just 11 players to be the champion of this big, big competition.
“I believe that when you have a good relationship between teammates. Everything is going well on the field. That’s why we’re at the top of the league.
“We play good football. We understand each other. It’s nice to be a family.”