“I’ve Worked On That” – Gabriel Jesus Talks Up His Clever Strike Against Forest

By The Editor
on 31st January 2024

Gabriel Jesus pulled off a smart finish…


Arsenal forward Gabriel Jesus admitted his been working on finishing from tight-angles after his narrow strike gave us the lead in Tuesday’s 2-1 win at Nottingham Forest, the Brazilian told Arsenal Media.

Jesus, minutes after fluffing his lines from point-blank range, went on a mazy run before squeezing the ball through Matt Turner’s legs.

It was the breakthrough we desperately needed after 70 minutes of pure domination but with very little to show for it – setting us on the way to our first win at the City Ground in a generation.

The 26-year-old helped seal the game minutes later as he laid the ball on to Bukayo Saka on the counter-attack, with the Gunners winger making no mistake with a finish off his weaker foot.

Mikel Arteta previously claimed the Dubai trip was vital for the squad to work on little details and Jesus echoed that sentiment when discussing his strike against Nuno Espirito Santo’s side.

“I’ve been working a lot – and one thing I’ve worked on is this kind of finishing,”  the former Man City man said.

“With the first one, when I hit the post, I was a little bit unlucky, but I kept trying.

“[I’ve had] the support of my teammates and fans. They keep supporting me and sometimes you have to try something different to score – I think it was the best way to come back, score and then obviously to help the team as well.

“All my teammates played amazingly tonight and that’s why we won the game.”

Thierry Henry always used to say that the best way to work on your finishing is to have set routines on where you place the ball concerning the angle you find yourself in.

With Jesus now perfecting the craft of squeezing the ball between the goalkeeper’s legs when bearing down on goal from a tight angle, we should see him become more clinical.

Jesus finding his shooting boots is just what we needed ahead of our most important game of the campaign so far as league-leaders Liverpool come to the Emirates on Sunday.

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