Wednesday, December 6, 2023

“They are machines” – Jesus wowed by Saka and Martinelli

Gabriel Jesus has lavished praise on young bucks Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka, saying his attacking cohorts “are machines.”

Recruited to raise Arsenal’s level in the final third, the Brazil international has done just that netting five goals and grabbing four assists since signing from Manchester City.

Despite a slight dip in form in recent weeks, Jesus’ tireless work on and off the ball has earned plenty of plaudits in the media and from manager Mikel Arteta.

All the same, the 25-year-old feels it’s his teammates who are setting the standards.

“They are machines,” he said when asked about Saka and Martinelli.

“I joke with them because I think I’m a player with a lot of energy. I run all the time, I fight all the time but when I train every day with them that I’m nothing close to them, they just don’t stop.

“They are machines, they are quality players as well and they are still young, 21, 20 both? I’m lucky to play with them.”

Jesus also spoke about his mini goal drought and said he’s certain he’ll find the net again soon. Indeed, he sounded very relaxed about a situation that once upon a time might have stressed him out to the point of a mental block.

“I think I’m four games, three or four games, I start and don’t score. That’s happened before and I’m pretty sure in the future, it’ll happen again, that’s football.

“I don’t want to be like this, of course. Like I said, I want to improve, I want to work – like always in my life – and the next game, I’ll try again. I’m 100 per cent sure I’ll score.

“I think now, it’s different, I don’t get a lot of frustration any more. If I come here to talk with you guys, I’ll be myself and I’m honest.

“When I’m performing good, I’m going to tell you good things and when not, why have I got to lie. There is still things to improve, I want to improve, I want to help, I want to learn with the coach, the staff, the players and in every training session I want to improve.

“Now I’m more experienced, I used to get frustrated so easily, now I’m not. I think I have a stronger head now.”

He even announced he was willing to play 70 games a season – a figure Mikel Arteta set as a target for top players – and declared such a schedule wouldn’t fatigue him.

“100 per cent [I could play]. I’m doing good recovery after the games, I eat better, sleep better, [I’m] enjoying life in the Arsenal t-shirt a lot, so I’m ready to play 50, 60, 70 games per season. I’m ready.”

On what is keeping him fresh, he added: “I stay in with my daughter, that’s the first thing. It helps me a lot to recover my mind, it’s not all about the body, the mind is more important.

“In my opinion the body is controlled by the mind, so I stay with my family, I play with my daughter and of course, I do stuff with the club and at home with the coaches, the fitness coaches, that helps a lot.”

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Santi's Thigh Grab

He’s got a great mental attitude, strong addition to the club.

Man Manny

It takes a machine to know other machines. So, Arsenal has a three-machine front line.

Mayor McCheese

When you need a last-gasp winner, sometimes you need a deus ex machina like Jesus!


Mmm… I don’t always find my kids all that relaxing. Maybe it’s because I have 3 of them 🤔

Go Mik

You’re their god, Do you think God is stressed out by you his child ? Work on you Chief

Arap Nget

Amazing player to have. His leadership, grit, and team ethos has surprised me. I will take him and his goal conversion seven days a week.


Machines can be worn out by overuse


Some oil and TLC goes a long way

Jesus of Sao Paulo

Not if they’re well serviced and maintained.

Go Mik

Overuse, in 2022 the Information Age with all the tools available today, is 120 games a season. Perspective Chief, mind set , set your mind right first

Grumbling Gooner

Elite mentality


Jesus da boss!


I really hope we can add to this epic frontline in January. And hopefully some quality players will be keen to join this high flying team! And that is critical for a very strong top 3 finish that goes all the way and hopefully a cup or two 🙂
Please don’t repeat the mistakes of the past where we fell just short of targets just because we didn’t strengthen the places everyone knew the team needed. Come on, Edu!!


I think back up to partey is the most essential. Atleast when Mo was fit we knew what we were getting. Lokonga is not ready to be playing against the top 6 sides. After that I agree, we are short in wingers if either saka or martinelli get injured.

Go Mik

We won’t make those mistakes. Arsenes flaw is what Klopp is going through now and stems from trying to be a one-man-forest. Mikel has a team and focuses on structure and hiring people who cover his weaknesses, both the physical and psychological

Bleeding gums murphy

We have esr and vieira so looking good there. My worry is Jesus getting injured. It’s such a big drop in quality to nketia. We are not gonna get a world class footballer to sit on bench so I would be happy with Calum Wilson from Newcastle if we could get him. Good back up to Jesus and a few levels up from nketia


Love this guy. What a signing.

Cooked Patino

Machines?!! I thought we wouldn’t play against Cit£h until next year


l was excited when he signed because he’s such a good player, what I didn’t realise is that he’s such a good person. Absolutely love him, I’m sure the goals will come. I can’t remember us ever having such a likeable team, well done to Mikel and Edu for their “no dickheads” policy, we’ve got some gems in this team.



Teryima Adi

Yeah, Jesus, our mental state is very important in the things we do.

Chris P

He comes across so well in that interview, seems confident and humble at the same time. So glad to have him with The Arsenal

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