Could Gabriel Jesus be a Golden Boot contender with no injuries?


NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - MAY 07: Gabriel of Arsenal celebrates victory following the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal FC at St. James Park on May 07, 2023 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Many Arsenal fans would agree that Gabriel Jesus is a key component of their team’s supremacy this season. The arrival of the Brazilian and Zinchenko to Arteta’s project turned Arsenal from a team that only honoured Premier League fixtures to a title challenger.

Arsenal’s attack was toothless in the 2021–22 season, with Aubamayeng (before leaving for Barcelona) and Lacazette failing to dazzle. This struggle saw Arteta willingly pay Manchester City £45 million for Jesus in the 2022 summer transfer window to get his attack right.

It didn’t take long for the Brazilian to make an impact at Arsenal With his impact, Arsenal’s assault was deadlier than ever from pre-season through the World Cup. With his momentum in his first few months at Arsenal, I bet he would have been the league’s signing of the season if he hadn’t been sidelined for three months due to an injury sustained at the World Cup.

Interestingly, Emmanuel Adebayor, an ex-Arsenal player, feels an injury-free Jesus might be in the running for the golden boot. In conversation with FutFanatico, he spoke of how highly he rates the Arsenal number 9, saying, “[It] would actually be interesting to see him play a season without any worries; his potential is huge. Then you would be able to see if he would be in the fight for the goalscoring crown.

“I honestly have no doubts about that because he’s always capable of scoring goals; he’s ice-cold, and he needs fewer and fewer chances to score. He is on a very good path.”

Jesus can score goals; his ten goals in 22 league games hint at that, but he needs consistency in front of goal. If he stops wasting the many chances he’s been wasting (like the chances he wasted versus Southampton), there is a golden boot winner in him

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