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.”