Emile Smith Rowe has admitted to being surprised by Gabriel Jesus’ sharpness as a player since his arrival from Manchester City.
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The Gunners agreed to sign the Brazilian this summer as a replacement for Alexandre Lacazette, who left to join Lyon at the end of his previous contract.
Jesus has seven goals in five pre-season appearances since his arrival, and his confidence is on a high heading into Friday’s Premier League opener against Crystal Palace.
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Smith Rowe, who has been training alongside the forward, has been particularly impressed.
In an interview with Five, he said:
The players that have come back [from loans], I already know how good they are so it’s not a surprise to see how good they are and how well they are doing.
But from the new players, I think Gabriel Jesus. I didn’t actually realise how sharp he was. Obviously playing against him it’s different, you see him watching Man City before.
But when you actually see him in training. I’ve been telling my friends, they’re always asking, and I’m like ‘he’s ridiculous’. Everyone in the team is really excited for the new season and the fans should be as well I think.