Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus has attributed nervousness as to why the Gunners failed to win the Premier League title last season.
The Brazilian international joined the club from Manchester City last summer and had an immediate impact in north London as Mikel Arteta’s men swiftly raced to the summit of the division. They held a five-point lead at the top heading into the World Cup break and were able to retain their status as the league’s top dogs while Jesus recovered from a nasty knee injury sustained in Qatar.
However, a stuttering end to the campaign which saw Arsenal endure a four-game winless run in April meant the Gunners eventually finished second; five points adrift of the eventual champions.
Gabriel Jesus reveals why Arsenal didn’t win Premier League title
The free-flowing juggernaut that defined the Gunners’ season often went AWOL when it mattered most in crunch time, and Jesus, a four-time Premier League winner with the Citizens, believes nerves cost his side the league title.
“We was a little bit nervous as a team and they [Man City] was not nervous because normally they win, so that made the difference. I think this year we are more experienced and it will be different,” the striker said ahead of the club’s final game of their pre-season tour in the States against Barcelona.
Arsenal have been busy in the transfer market once again this summer, and many are hopeful they can mount another title challenge. Although, their pre-season so far hasn’t exactly been plain sailing. Nevertheless, Jesus has said the squad is determined to build on their impressive 2022/23 campaign.
“We have to go again with the same energy, you know,” he said. “People believe more in us because the work we put in on the pitch was top. Now everyone here wants to continue and increase the level again.”
If Arsenal are to challenge City in 2023/24, Jesus will have to play a key role. His inefficiency in front of goal is a source of concern for some supporters, but his importance to Arteta’s set-up is distinct. A big season beckons for the Brazilian after a hugely promising debut campaign.