Mikel Arteta revealed Gabriel Jesus was “disappointed” despite marking his home debut with two goals in Saturday’s 4-2 win over Leicester City.
The Gunners continued their good start to the new campaign with an ultimately convincing win that saw Jesus deliver a man of the game display.
Despite hitting the mark for the club he joined on a £45million move from Manchester City, Jesus missed several presentable opportunities to score a hat-trick that would have added glamor to the goal-line.
“We know what Gabi can do,” Arteta said. “He’s scored two goals and got two assists and he’s still disappointed because he thinks he should have scored four. That’s the standard, that’s the mentality. You have to go to another level.
“I don’t want to play against him. I’ve never been a defender, but I can imagine I wouldn’t enjoy it. He’s so mobile, so intuitive, always sharp and proactive to play at every moment and stage of the game and it’s a real menace.
Such was his influence that Arteta is already aware of the need to protect the Brazil international and dismissed him in the closing stages ahead of next week’s trip to Bournemouth.
“That’s why we dropped him,” Arteta explained of Eddie Nketiah’s late introduction.
“I think he’s played 18 starts over the last two seasons and we’re going to be asking him to start a lot of games so we’ve got to handle that load if we can. The way we train is also different and we have to be up there.”
Jesus also appears to have hit it off straight away with compatriot Gabriel Martinelli and Arteta is hoping the 25-year-old’s influence will rub off on the club’s youngsters.
He added: “I think it raises the standards of how he is every day, how he talks to them, how they connect.
“I think it’s very natural, but at the same time it’s quite impressive to do it so quickly. At the same time, we encourage other players to score goals.
‘Granite comes in the box, he should have scored last week, he should have scored twice today because he had another header. If you want to be at the top, you have to score a lot of goals.”
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