‘Have to change’: Kevin Campbell now says two Arsenal players will have to change roles after Jesus injury
It’s a chance for the Gunners to extend their lead at the top of the league, but will be a tough challenge.
Arsenal have offered no timescale on the Brazilian’s return, but he required surgery after leaving Qatar.
Arteta will now have to re-think his tried and tested and starting line-up.
It looks almost certain that young forward Eddie Nketiah will now have an opportunity to lead the line for the Gunners.
After signing a new long-term contract in the summer, the 23-year-old has been a bit-part player in the league.
He’s also a very different centre-forward to Jesus, and Campbell thinks Arsenal will need to adapt to this.
Given just how successful Arsenal have been playing the same way all season, it’s obviously a risk to make a change.
Xhaka and Odegaard need to change roles – Campbell
“I think Eddie has to play his natural game, but I think he’s learned a lot from watching Jesus in how he links the play.
“Sometimes you have to go deep because being up against those big centre-halves isn’t easy for him.
“So, you drop deep to see if they come out of the hole, if they don’t come out you get a touch of the ball and then you move.
“I think we probably have to change, Odegaard and Xhaka might have to change the way they play.
“Whereas we could get it up to Jesus and he will hold it, he will dribble, he’ll beat people, that’s not Eddie’s game.
“He’ll get it, he’ll lay it off and go again; I think we have to try and get him on the last defender’s shoulder, and we have got to rely a lot then on Xhaka, Odegaard, Saka and Martinelli to get service into Eddie.”
Arsenal have faith in Nketiah
If Xhaka and Odegaard’s roles change, it could put even more emphasis on Arsenal’s wingers.
Oleksandr Zinchenko has backed Nketiah to prove any doubters wrong when Arsenal return to action.
Danny Murphy has also said that he thinks the Englishman is a much-better goalscorer than Jesus anyway.
His finishing ability in the box could really benefit Arsenal if Martinelli, Saka and Odegaard can find him in the area.
Arteta clearly has plenty of faith in him too after green-lighting a contract that will keep him at the club for years to come.
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