Gabriel Jesus, one of the most influential players for Arsenal, has said that ‘squeaky bum time’ is his favorite period of the year.
Arsenal defeated Crystal Palace 4-1 on Sunday, putting them ten games away from their first Premier League championship in 20 years. Pep Guardiola’s team is evenly challenging the gunners. The defending champions are eight points adrift with one game remaining.
Arsenal now has six straight victories in all competitions, the second time this season they have done so, and they have scored 20 goals in that span. After winning four league championships with City over the previous five years, Jesus, who was acquired from the Etihad for £45 million last summer, left.
During a subsequent substitute appearance following a three-month injury absence, he said: “Now is, I think, in my opinion, the best part of the season. It’s a period when you have deciding games, big games as well, away and at home. Now is the time we have to play the same, don’t change, be together, and then we will see.”
Eddie Nketiah filled in well for Jesus by scoring in victories over West Ham, Brighton, and Manchester United to keep Arsenal’s title momentum going. Leandro Trossard, acquired from Brighton in January for £21 million, also contributed six assists and a goal against Brentford.
“The team is doing so well,” Jesus added. “No one here is the main man. Everyone is together. When I got injured, we were sure Eddie would go there and help us – and he did it. Trossard came in and did it as well. So, everyone is together; it’s like this. To be champions of this big, big competition, we need not only 11 players.
“It’s not easy to be out for almost four months. I prefer to be on the pitch, helping, running, playing, and helping my teammates than outside. Outside, you suffer a lot! I think I prefer to be on the pitch.”
The bad news for the opposing defenses is that Jesus spent his time on the sidelines watching videos and identifying ways to improve and now he is raring to go.
Arsenal’s first four games following the break are against Leeds, Liverpool, West Ham, and Southampton.