Manchester United legend Paul Scholes insists he “really likes” Gabriel Martinelli and says the Arsenal striker and fellow Brazilian Gabriel have brought Jesus “a breath of fresh air” this season.
Martinelli and Jesus have both made 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 first five games and only saw their 100 per cent record ended by the revived Manchester United at the weekend.
Martinelli, 21, scored the first goal of the Premier League season and has scored twice more since Arsenal’s Opening Day win at Crystal Palace.
Jesus, meanwhile, has already scored three goals and provided three assists in six competitive games for the Gunners after making a £50million move from Premier League champions Manchester City in the summer.
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, which is probably the most important thing for this position.
“Martinelli and Jesus have breathed new life into Arsenal.
“Jesus coming in probably took some of the pressure off of him too because he’s just a young lad and Jesus is expected to score a lot of goals.
“With the entrance of Jesus, that seems to have taken the pressure off Martinelli, and he’s just blossoming.”
Jesus was disappointed to see Arsenal’s perfect start to the season at Old Trafford come to an end, as he felt the Gunners played ‘so much better’ than United in the 3-1 defeat.
He said: “The feeling is frustrated because we control the game and we were better than them… and then we just concede.
“But now is the time to learn from it and improve. We’re so good this season, but there’s still things to improve for everyone.
“Everybody’s together and we stick together to the end and that’s it. We came to play against strong opponents and it’s always difficult, it’s the Premier League. So we’re not happy because we played so much better [than United].
“But that’s football, if you don’t go there and kill, you’re 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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