Arsenal 4 Leicester 2: Gabriel Jesus puts on masterclass on home debut with two goals and two assists in blockbuster


GABRIEL JESUS has got Arsenal believing in miracles after single-handedly demolishing hot and bothered Leicester.

The Brazilian international striker has not put a foot wrong since his £45million summer move from Manchester City.

And after scoring seven times in pre-season, the new darling of the Emirates is now up and running in the matches that really matter.

In fact his two first half-goals means he has already scored as many in the Premier League in open play as his predecessor in the number nine shirt managed for the whole of last season.

Not only that, he also claimed the assists for Arsenal’s other two goals from Granit Xhaka and Gabriel Martinelli on a blistering afternoon to remember.

No wonder manager Mikel Arteta was happy to let Alex Lacazette leave for nothing to free up room for Jesus at the heart of his attack.

Because with a finisher as deadly as Jesus in their ranks, it is hardly surprising that supporters are convinced their team is finally ready to crack the top four again.

Of course these are still very early days and even if the fans are getting carried away, there is no chance of Arteta buying into the hype.

The Spaniard’s constant mantra is all about playing with passion and energy and Jesus certainly isn’t going to be found wanting on those fronts.

He was at the Leicester defence like a rat up a drainpipe, never giving poor Jonny Evans a moment’s peace right from the kick-off.

He thought he had opened his League account for his new club when he beat his marker to Gabriel Martinelli’s tenth-minute free-kick.

But his flicked header flew just the wrong side of the near post despite his appeals for a corner.

Yet it was to prove only a temporary reprieve for the flustered visitors, who were fortunate to survive when Xhaka arrived like an express train to head Bukayo Saka’s 20th-minute centre against a post.

And the goal which Arsenal’s domination was crying out for duly arrived midway through the first-half with the kind of finish not seen from an Arsenal striker since Thierry Henry was in his pomp.

Martinelli and Xhaka were both instrumental in the build-up, but it was all about Jesus’ execution as he stretched to control the ball with his first touch then sent an exquisite chip over keeper Danny Ward with his second.

Even the travelling Leicester fans couldn’t hide their admiration for a player who has been a constant thorn in their side over the years.

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