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'Big Boost': Arteta Hails Gabriel Jesus Return After Arsenal Down Fulham

'Big Boost': Arteta Hails Gabriel Jesus Return After Arsenal Down Fulham

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says the return of Gabriel Jesus is a “big boost” for the Gunners after coming on in Sunday’s 3-0 win over Fulham.

Jesus returned to the Gunners line-up as a 77th minute having not played since sustaining a knee injury with Brazil during the 2022 World Cup.

“It’s a big boost,” Arteta told reporters. “His first steps today and we didn’t know whether it was the right game for him today.

“A few days ago, he told me he was missing something and then yesterday he looked me in the eyes and told me he was ready.

“Then today we had the opportunity to throw him in because it’s that first step to give him the boost.

“He looked free and generated two big chances straightaway, and its great to have him back.”

Arsenal had the game locked away by the time Jesus was introduced, with first-half goals from Gabriel Magalhaes, Gabriel Martinelli and Martin Odegaard.

The win restored the Gunners’ five-point lead from second-placed Manchester City who won 1-0 over Crystal Palace on Saturday.

City boss Pep Guardiola claimed that Arsenal are the title favourites given their lead, which Arteta would not be drawn on.

“I don’t know, we just discuss what we discuss internally to be really humble, to work on the next training session and try to be better every day and that’s our focus,” he said.

“There’s still a huge part of the season to be completed.”

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