Arsenal news: Man Utd hero Paul Scholes raves about Martinelli, Jesus | Football


Man Utd hero Paul Scholes has been impressed by the Arsenal duo

Man Utd hero Paul Scholes has been impressed by the Arsenal duo (Picture: BT Sport)

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes insists he ‘really likes’ Gabriel Martinelli and says the Arsenal forward and fellow Brazilian Gabriel Jesus have been a ‘breath of fresh air’ this season.

Martinelli and Jesus have both enjoyed strong starts to the campaign to help Arsenal climb to the top of the Premier League table after six games.

Mikel Arteta’s side won their opening five matches and only saw their 100% record ended by revitalised Manchester United at the weekend.

Martinelli, 21, scored the first goal of the Premier League season and has netted twice more since Arsenal’s opening-day win at Crystal Palace.

Jesus, meanwhile, has already scored three goals and made three assists in six competitive appearances for the Gunners following his £50m summer move from Premier League champions Manchester City.

Discussing Martinelli’s start to the season, former Manchester United and England midfielder Scholes told Premier League productions: ‘He’s great, I really like him.

‘He’s got that pace but he’s also got a goal in him, which is probably the most important thing for that position.

Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Jesus have both impressed this season

Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Jesus have both impressed this season (Picture: Getty)

‘Martinelli and Jesus have been a breath of fresh air at Arsenal.

‘Jesus coming in has probably taken a little bit of pressure off him as well because he’s only a young lad and Jesus is expected to score a lot of goals.

‘With Jesus coming in, that seems to have taken the pressure of Martinelli and he is flourishing right now.’

Jesus was disappointed to see Arsenal’s perfect start to the season come to an end at Old Trafford, especially as he thought the Gunners played ‘so much better’ than United in the 3-1 defeat.

He said: ‘The feeling is frustration, because we control the game and were better than them… and then we just concede.

‘But now is the time to learn from it and improve. We are doing so well this season, but there are still things to improve for everyone.

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‘Everyone is together and we stick together until the end, and that’s it. We came to play against a strong opponent and it’s always hard, it’s the Premier League. So we are not happy, because we played so much better [than United].

‘But that’s football, if you don’t go there and kill, you are going to have a big problem – and that’s what happened today.’

Arsenal will look to return to winning ways in the Premier League when they welcome Everton to the Emirates on Sunday.


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