Granit Xhaka gives ‘fantastic’ compliment to Gabriel Jesus

Gabriel Jesus scored two and assisted two in his first competitive home match

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has reserved special praise for new striker Gabriel Jesus after his brace against Leicester City.

The Gunners swept aside Brendan Rodgers’ men 4-2 at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday with Jesus scoring two and assisting two on his competitive home debut.

The Brazilian set the tone in pre-season, netting seven times but was unable to get on the scoresheet in Arsenal’s 2-0 opening day win at Crystal Palace.


Granit Zhaka celebrates with Gabriel Jesus after his assist for the Brazilian against Leicester

But team-mate Xhaka believes the 25-year-old’s first Premier League goals came at the right time as they were scored in the Gunners’ first home league game of the campaign.

‘Not only his first goal, but [Jesus’] performance was unbelievable,’ Xhaka said.

‘Two goals, two assists, the work he does for the team is unbelievable and we’re more than happy. He’s scoring now as well, he’s helping us day-by-day and I’m more than happy for him because I think it’s very important to score at home.’

Jesus’ blistering start to life in north London has led many to believe that the Brazilian could be the final piece of the jigsaw to help Arsenal qualify for the Champions League for the first time since 2018.


Jesus netted his first two league goals of the season and looks at home at the Emirates Stadium


Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers was full of Praise for ‘world class’ striker Gabriel Jesus

The Gunners have been fast out of the blocks with Jesus the catalyst for the upturn in form.

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers was particularly complimentary about Jesus’ display against his side, describing him as world class.

Rodgers said: ‘Anyone can see, when you bring in a world-class player, it’s not just what he brings to the team, it’s what a new signing gives to everyone else.’ 

Xhaka has also expressed his delight at his adapted role this season that sees the Swiss international deployed slightly further forward under Arteta.


Midfielder Xhaka is enjoying his new attack-minded role in the Arsenal team this season

As a result, Xhaka registered an assist in the 4-2 victory over the Foxes.

‘I’ve got more freedom to go up and down,’ he said. ‘I know I can do that. I have a lot of freedom from the coach, from my teammates.

‘At the moment I’m happy with how everything is going. Let’s continue to work like this and hopefully at the end of the season we can be more than happy.’

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