Sat 01 October 2022 | 16:09

Arteta praises Jesus for his “winning mentality”

Gabriel Jesus found the back of the net for the fifth time in the Premier League this season during Arsenal’s battle against Tottenham, which has earned him praise from Mikel Arteta.

The Arsenal boss was delighted by

Gabriel Jesus

, who took Arsenal “to a different level” following his goal in their 3-1 victory over Tottenham on Sunday. The player took advantage of Hugo Lloris’ mistake and gave the Gunners a 2-1 lead before Granit Xhaka netted their third goal to secure their victory even further.

The only other player to have scored more goals this season that Jesus is Erling Haaland. However, Andrey Arshavin has netted more goal contributions during his first eight matches for the Gunners in the Premier League.

Following Arsenal’s victory over the Spurs, Arteta talked to

BT Sport

and said that the drive Jesus brought since making a move to the club from Manchester City has been beneficial for the young team this season.

"It's his winning mentality,"

Arteta said.

"The way he trains every day, it brings confidence to the team, and he has taken us to a different level."

Tottenham’s unbeaten start to the league was broken by Arsenal who won the game and the Gunners boss believes his side’s display was “phenomenal”.

"We went for it, and we created great energy in the stadium and deserved to win the game,"

Arteta said.

"With our way of playing, we can attack in different ways. They [Tottenham] don't need much, and you have the feeling that they can create. You have to live with that.

"But we didn't have that in the back of our mind. We were free, courageous and brave, and this is what we demand from the players. It gives us a lot of encouragement and confidence to believe that we can play at this level."

Arteta became the club’s third manager to have delivered victories in his first three home matches against Tottenham, and the other two are George Morell and Terry Neill. Arteta is also grateful to have built a connection with the club fans.

"We have connected with our supporters and when that happens it is a really powerful thing,"

Arteta added when speaking to BBC Sport.

"We had a really meaningful opportunity to give a lot of people happiness on a beautiful day, and we have delivered that, and it is a really great feeling.

"We are focusing on what we are doing. This is a sign that we are going in the right direction. We need to maintain that now and go for it.

"You feel the desire and humility – they haven't won anything yet and that is important to have that humility, which is a big driver for us."

source: SportMob

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