Thierry Henry ‘hopes’ Gabriel Jesus can score more goals


Thierry Henry ‘hopes’ Gabriel Jesus can score more goals

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry ‘hopes’ Gabriel Jesus can prove him wrong and become a 25 goal-per-season striker after previously giving a bleak prediction over his output.


The 26-year-old has often earned Henry’s praise with his performances at Emirates Stadium since signing for Arsenal in July 2022. But the Gunners great has also doubted if Jesus can be the goal-machine that Mikel Arteta requires. He has so far scored 16 times with the club.


Jesus has offered five of his haul through 13 appearances so far this season after thriving on Wednesday night. The Brazilian recorded his fourth goal in the Champions League this term as Arsenal beat RC Lens 6-0. But his sole Premier League strike this term was in September.


Gabriel Jesus has scored 16 goals in 46 games for Arsenal

Arsenal paid Manchester City £45m to sign Jesus and gained 11 goals in 33 games last term from the transfer. He also offered eight assists across all competitions in 2022/23 over 2,347 minutes. The 64-cap Selecao star has so far offered two assists this term from 773 minutes.


Injuries have interrupted Jesus’ time at Arsenal, as well, after requiring surgery in December after suffering knee ligament damage at the World Cup. He also required a minor operation on the same knee this August, before later missing further matches with a hamstring injury.


Had Jesus stayed fit and played in all 38 of Arsenal’s Premier League games last season, he may have scored 16 goals instead of 11 based on his hit rate last term. But only one goal over eight matches this term makes for bleak reading, despite excelling in the Champions League.


Thierry Henry ‘hopes’ Gabriel Jesus can score more goals

Jesus left Henry in awe once more on Wednesday as he helped Arsenal thrash Lens 6-0 with a goal and an assist. The Brazilian fed Kai Havertz to break the deadlock before drilling home within 21 minutes. His strike also reminded Henry of Jesus’ goal against Manchester United.


The Sao Paulo native penned his sole Premier League goal this term against the Red Devils in September. He kept his cool in the box to evade Jonny Evans’ futile lunge before drilling home past Andre Onana. Jesus similarly juked a defender before slotting home against Lens.


But while Jesus’ effort impressed Henry, the Arsenal legend remains hopeful of seeing more by the striker. The 1998 World Cup winner wants him to be the 20-25 goal-per-season star Arteta needs at Emirates Stadium. Even though Jesus says he provides more than just goals.


“I just love this,” Henry exclaimed on CBS Sports, via quotes by the Mirror. “He did it against Manchester United, I don’t know if you remember, on the break.


Everyone thought he was going to shoot, there. Watch how he does it – oops, chops and goes back. Gabriel Jesus is a very important player for us. Will he ever score 20-25? I hope so. But what he does in general, it’s just great for us.”

Source: Arsenal Insider


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