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Zinchenko identifies a world-class Arsenal player

Oleksandr Zinchenko has heaped praise on his new Arsenal team-mate Gabriel Jesus and believes the striker can still improve despite his superb start.

Oleksandr Zinchenko has heaped praise on his new Arsenal team-mate Gabriel Jesus and believes the striker can still improve despite his superb start.

The Brazilian arrived at the Emirates from Man City in a £45m transfer this summer. Gabriel Jesus is off to a great start with the Gunners with some impressive pre-season performances. The 25-year-old continued that form in his first Emirates appearance with a brace and two assists for Granit Xhaka and Gabriel Martinelli in the 4-2 win over Leicester on Saturday. 

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Zinchenko followed Jesus to Arsenal and believes the Brazilian forward can get even better.

The Ukraine international said: “Of course I wish him the best. And I never doubted Gabriel, because he is a world-class player in terms of his stats. You can see it in the way he works with Gabriel’s daily practice attitude.He is an example for others to follow.

Gabriel is still young, still needs some improvement, like everyone. But what he’s got is unbelievable.”

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Zinchenko added: “Gabriel is really quality. I knew him during his years with the old team. He is an incredible player, always hungry to score, that is the best quality of a money. He doesn’t want to stop and I’m very happy for him.

Gabriel always brings satisfaction to the whole team. The team always comes first and the club always comes before any individual. The most important thing is the three points, that’s very important.”

Mikel Arteta chooses rookie as Arsenal vice-captain

Mikel Arteta is said to have named rookie Gabriel Jesus as one of Arsenal’s vice-captains for this season, alongside Granit Xhaka.

According to Athletic, the £45m player Arsenal signed from Man City has been named the Gunners’ vice-captain, alongside ‘veteran’ Granit Xhaka, to support captain Martin Odegaard.

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Coach Arteta made the decision based on the support of Arsenal’s Portuguese-speaking members, including striker Gabriel Martinelli, centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes, right-back Cedric Soares, two new recruits Fabio Vieira and Marquinhos.

Jesus’ appointment as vice-captain may surprise some Gunners fans as the 25-year-old has only been in north London for just over six weeks. Anyway, the Brazilian star fully deserves to have impressed with outstanding performances, to receive favor from Arteta. 

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The striker netted a brace and provided two assists in Arsenal’s 4-2 win over Leicester City over the weekend. He is a breath of fresh air for the Gunners and could play a huge role in their return to the UEFA Champions League this season.

After the match against Leicestr, coach Arteta also praised Jesus’ influence in play and in the dressing room:  “I think Gabriel has raised the standards at Arsenal, the way he still does, communicates, finishes. I think it’s very natural, but, you have to be impressed how quickly he does it.

At the same time, we are also asking the other players to score as many goals as possible. You can see the interaction and execution speed is now on another level.”

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