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‘Important player’: TalkSPORT pundit now thinks 25-year-old Arsenal man is Mikel Arteta’s own Kevin De Bruyne
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‘Important player’: TalkSPORT pundit now thinks 25-year-old Arsenal man is Mikel Arteta’s own Kevin De Bruyne

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta would have been hoping for another Premier League match this weekend, rather than waiting for the World Cup to start.

The Gunners deservedly sit top of the Premier League after a fine start to the season.

Arsenal legend Ray Parlour spoke to the Daily Express about his old team’s start to the campaign.

They currently sit five points clear of Manchester City, who suffered a last-minute defeat to Brentford last weekend.

Finishing in the top four will be Arsenal’s main aim this season.

However, the longer they can stay at the top of the table, the more Arsenal fans will start dreaming of lifting that trophy once again.

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Parlour has been so impressed with Arteta’s side this season, and in particular their work in the transfer market.

He now believes that new signing Gabriel Jesus is just as important to Arsenal as Kevin de Bruyne is to Manchester City.

Jesus arrived from the Etihad in the summer and has flourished as Arsenal’s number nine.

Despite his poor recent record in front of goal, Jesus has been vital to his new side’s brilliant form.

Jesus is as important to Arsenal as De Bruyne

Speaking about the north London side, Parlour said: “Jesus wasn’t the main man, [he] always had other players around him like [Sergio] Aguero and [Kevin] De Bruyne.

“But at Arsenal now he’s such an important player.

“He’s probably just as important to them as De Bruyne and Aguero were to City.

“I think he’s really took that on his shoulders and really enjoys being the main man. He knows he’s going to be the main man, playing every week.

“I think he brings a lot to the dressing room, too. He’s a lively character, I was there in pre-season and he was really upbeat and positive.

“So, I’m sure he brings that across to the other players which is really important.”

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Arteta will be incredibly pleased with the immediate impact Jesus has had this season.

He’s been described as being ‘vitally important’ to Arsenal’s fortunes this season by Ian Wright.

Tony Cascarino has also noticed his brilliant work-rate, and thought he was everywhere against Wolves last weekend.

His work on and off the ball is something that would have come from working under Pep Guardiola at Man City.

The fact that Parlour believes Jesus is as important as De Bruyne is to their respective teams is a massive compliment.

The Belgian has been instrumental in Man City winning plenty of trophies in his time at the club.

If Jesus can have a similar effect at The Emirates, he’ll be written into Arsenal folklore soon enough.

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