What a Debut for Gabriel Jesus, Two goals scored and involved in two more to totally flip the game on its head. Brought intensity to what had been a totally tepid first half display from Arsenal. Looks to already be what the Gunners and a thread to EPL.
Gabriel Jesus signed for Arsenal from Manchester City on a long-term contract. The 25-year-old forward joins the gunners having established himself as one of the leading strikers in the Premier League in recent seasons. He scored 95 goals in 236 appearances in all competitions during his five seasons in Manchester.
The underated formal city striker was assigned to wear the number 9 shirt and joined up with the Gunners squad for pre-season training and tour to German
Arsenal kick off their pre-season tour of Germany with a friendly against Nurnberg yesterday at 16:30 WST
The Gunners beat Ipswich 5-1 last week but will see their season preparations step up a notch with new signings Gabriel Jesus, Marquinhos and Matt Turner all expected to feature for the first time.
Arsenal are based at the adidas headquarters and faced the second-tier German side, located nearby, last noon.
According to the Arsenal line-up that faced FC Nurnberg confirmed Matt Turner makes his first appearance following his £4.5m summer transfer from New England Revolution.
And the new Arsenal no.14 was chosen to lead the line once again as he is joined in attack by Nicolas Pepe and Reiss Nelson. Meanwhile, there’s a start in what appears to be an unfamiliar central defensive role for young full-back Reuell Walters as he partners Pablo Mari.
Gunners supporters waited until the second half to get a first glimpse of Gabriel Jesus as he’s was named on the bench alongside fellow summer signing Marquinhos as well as Gabriel Martinelli, Folarin Balogun, Mohamed Elneny and Charlie Patino.
Gabriel Jesus was absolutely phenomenal in the match as he stole the show in his first Arsenal derby in Germany
With Arsenal 2-0 down at half-time, Mikel Arteta sent on Jesus for his first outing in a red shirt and he was quite brilliant in the second half as Arsenal produced a remarkable comeback.
The Gunners won 5-3, with Jesus involved in four of the goals.
Jesus notched his first goal for the club just 84 seconds after coming on. He played a one-two with Eddie Nketiah and then fired the ball into the net from a tight angle.
Jesus notched his second in the 75th minute as he flicked the ball into the net from close range.
The 25-year-old also played his part in two Nurnberg own-goals, scored by Christopher Schindler and Tim Handwerker.
Despite not having an elite striker in their ranks, Arsenal came ever so close to finishing in the top four and booking their place in the Champions League.
In Jesus, they now have a player that can score the goals they need to return to Europe’s premier cup competition.
In his first appearance for the Gunners after his £45million transfer from Manchester City, the Brazilian scored two minutes after his half-time introduction. His powerful strike pulled one back for the visitors after a poor first half which saw them fall behind to goals from Johannes Geis and Kwadwo Duah.
Gabriel Jesus said he is not here to be a super start but to learn and help the club achieve their goal
“I’m not here to be a super star, I’m here to learn and help the team.”
“I’m so, so proud. I’m proud to be here at this big club. I’ve completed four or five days together with the lads, and I just want to say thank you to everyone at Arsenal because they make me feel at home. I can’t wait to play, at our amazing stadium.”