Xhaka pays tribute to Gabriel Jesus after the Brazilian star scored twice on his Arsenal home debut

Granit Xhaka hails the ‘incredible’ Gabriel Jesus after the Brazilian star grabbed two goals and two assists on his Arsenal home debut… while Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers hails the forward as ‘world class’

  • Gabriel Jesus scored two and assisted two in his first competitive home game
  • Teammate Granit Xhaka says it was the perfect time to score his first goals
  • Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers also paid tribute to the Arsenal star
  • Xhaka reveals his delight at his new attacking role in Mikel Arteta’s set-up this season

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has reserved special praise for new striker Gabriel Jesus after the game against Leicester City.

The Gunners swept aside Brendan Rodgers’ men 4-2 at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday with Jesus scoring two and assisting two on his competitive home debut.

The Brazilian set the tone in pre-season, netting seven times, but failed to get on the scoresheet in Arsenal’s 2-0 opening win at Crystal Palace.

Granit Zhaka celebrates with Gabriel Jesus after the assist for the Brazilian against Leicester

But team-mate Xhaka believes the 25-year-old’s first Premier League goals came at the right time when they were scored in the Gunners’ first home league game of the campaign.

“Not just his first goal, but [Jesus’] the performance was unbelievable, said Xhaka.

– Two goals, two assists, the work he does for the team is incredible, and we are more than satisfied. He is now also scoring, he is helping us day by day and I am more than happy for him because I think it is very important to score at home.

Jesus’ sparkling start to life in north London has led many to believe the Brazilian could be the final piece of the puzzle to help Arsenal qualify for the Champions League for the first time since 2018.

Jesus scored his first two league goals of the season and looks at home at the Emirates Stadium

Jesus scored his first two league goals of the season and looks at home at the Emirates Stadium

Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers was full of praise for

Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers was full of praise for “world class” striker Gabriel Jesus

The Gunners have been quick out of the blocks with Jesus as the catalyst for the rise in form.

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers was particularly complimentary of Jesus’ display against his side, describing him as world class.

Rodgers said: “Everyone can see that when you bring in a world-class player, it’s not just what he brings to the team, it’s what a new signing brings to everyone else.”

Xhaka has also expressed his delight at his adapted role this season which sees the Swiss international deployed a little further forward under Arteta.

Midfielder Xhaka is enjoying his new attacking role in the Arsenal team this season

Midfielder Xhaka is enjoying his new attacking role in the Arsenal team this season

As a result, Xhaka registered an assist in the 4-2 win over the Foxes.

“I have more freedom to go up and down,” he said. “I know I can do it. I have a lot of freedom from the coach, from my teammates.

– At the moment I am happy with how everything is going. Let’s keep working like this and hopefully we can be more than happy at the end of the season.

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