Arteta hails ‘exceptional’ Jesus but insists there is more to come
The Brazilian was again superb in the Gunners’ comfortable win over Bournemouth, being heavily involved in his side’s first two goals before having a penalty overturned by VAR late in the game.
Jesus made an immediate impact at Arsenal, lifting those around him and playing a major role in the club winning their opening three games of a Premier League season for the first time in 18 years.
While Arteta was full of praise for his striker, he insisted that Jesus can reach new levels.
“Those individual actions make the difference in football,” Arteta told Sky Sports.
“Gabby does this week in and week out. He didn’t score today but he was involved in the goals and his contribution to the team was outstanding.”
He added: “He’s 25 so he can still improve his level a lot. He is hungry enough and has a huge desire to get better and be the best he can be. That’s what he has to do.”
Martin Odegaard made it two for the Gunners against Bournemouth with just over ten minutes on the clock before William Saliba ensured there were no nerves in the second half with a brilliant strike for his first Arsenal goal.
That leaves Arteta’s side at the top of the Premier League table, at least until Manchester City face Newcastle on Sunday, although once again the Arsenal boss has proved a hard man to impress.
“Still far away [from perfect]Arteta said.
“We had some strong spells and were very effective in the opposition half, but in the second half we conceded too many chances for Bournemouth to get into the box and then you suffer.
“I’m proud because it’s not easy to come here and win 3-0, but there are still things to improve.”