Not consistently scoring goals, Gabriel Jesus criticised

Gabriel Jesus criticised

In the summer of 2022, Arsenal signed Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City for an estimated fee of £45 million. Jesus (26 years old) is on a five-year contract.

With successful experience with Man City, Jesus - along with Oleksandr Zinchenko - made an impact at the club until Arsenal fought for the Premier League title last season.

Jesus also scored 11 goals last season despite being sidelined with injuries. As an attacker, Jesus has the main task of scoring goals but that is not something he does consistently when he plays.

No doubt football pundit, Alan Shearer, criticized him. Shearer, who is still the Premier League's all-time top scorer, thinks Jesus must consistently score goals to help Arsenal.

"Without meaning to put a special spotlight on him (Jesus), he has consistently performed below his xG (expected goals) over the past few years," Shearer criticized Jesus, quoted by The Athletic.

This season Jesus has scored three goals, only one of which came in the league when Arsenal won 3-1 over Manchester United. One moment in the spotlight occurred in the North London Derby.

Jesus had a chance to score a goal that could win the game (the game ended in a 2-2 draw) when he won the ball from James Maddison, had a chance in the penalty box but his shot went high over the Tottenham goal.

"(It) tells you he's been in a good position and hasn't finished," Shearer added.

"Display A here (in the 2-2 draw against Tottenham), Jesus did very well in anticipating a pass and taking the ball off James Maddison's foot. This puts him in an ideal position in the center of the goal, with space around him and the option to shoot to either side."

"He chose to kick with the front of his foot, and that's fine; it's something I do a lot. He's also aiming for power and there's nothing wrong with that either because power shouldn't take away from your accuracy."

"I've always felt that if I choose my spot and shoot, then the harder I shoot, the harder it is for the goalkeeper to stop."

"A lot of my goals have been powerful and not too difficult to control. But this is another example of leaning back to take a shot; Jesus' body and technique are all wrong," Shearer concluded.

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