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Rio Ferdinand says Gabriel Jesus was a joke on Arsenal debut
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Rio Ferdinand says Gabriel Jesus was a joke on Arsenal debut

Rio Ferdinand has told his YouTube channel that Gabriel Jesus was a joke on his Arsenal debut after helping the Gunners beat Crystal Palace in their Premier League opener on Friday.

Mikel Arteta’s side are off to a strong start. Goals in either half gave them the three points against a spirited Palace side.

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Jesus actually did not get on the scoresheet in the game. But he did provide a clear hint of the quality he will bring to the Gunners’ ranks following his summer move from Manchester City.

He was electric in the opening minutes, producing a couple of moments of sheer magic. Certainly, it seems that he is going to be a huge player for Arsenal over the course of the campaign.

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Ferdinand is definitely expecting Jesus to prove to be an inspired signing for Arteta’s men. He was full of praise for the Brazilian’s performance, particularly in the opening stages of the contest.

“Jesus was a joke, Jesus was unreal first-half. I still want him to be much more of a number nine though. I don’t want him to keep coming back to the play,” he told his YouTube channel.

Gabriel Jesus was a joke

Arsenal fans would have been extremely optimistic about Jesus after striking a deal in the window. His record for Manchester City was outstanding considering that he was never the key man at the Etihad Stadium.

He appears to be absolutely perfect to lead the line for Arsenal. Few forwards in the Premier League seem to press better than Jesus. And he does have that quality up his sleeve.

It is going to take some time for Jesus to fully settle in at the Emirates. But the early signs suggest that bringing him in was a masterstroke.

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