Jamie Carragher praised an Arsenal player as being “a revelation” and expressed his belief that the Gunners deserve significant credit.
Jamie Carragher has praised an Arsenal player as being “a revelation” and believes that the Gunners deserve significant recognition.
According to Jamie Carragher, Arsenal should be highly commended for managing to maintain their Premier League title challenge despite the absence of their key striker, Gabriel Jesus. The Brazilian forward played a crucial role for the Gunners during the first half of the season, contributing five goals and six assists, which helped Arsenal secure 14 wins out of 16 matches leading up to the World Cup.
Gabriel Jesus has been out of action since November 2021, following a knee injury that he sust
ained while playing for Brazil in Qatar. Despite being close to a full recovery, the 25-year-old has missed Arsenal’s last 12 Premier League matches. However, Eddie Nketiah has performed well in his absence, scoring four league goals in wins against West Ham, Brighton, and Manchester United. Bukayo Saka, with 10 goals and nine assists, and Gabriel Martinelli, with 11 goals, have also been standout performers for the Gunners. Carragher believes that Mikel Arteta and his team deserve significant recognition for their performance this season, particularly as they were five points ahead of Manchester City when Jesus was injured. He named Jesus a “revelation” and emphasized Arsenal’s ability to maintain their title challenge despite his absence.
“How long’s he been injured? Three months? They’re still five points clear. You’ve got to give them massive credit for that because there were a lot of questions asked. He’s about to come back and he was an absolute revelation in those early months.”
Speaking on Arsenal’s come-from-behind 3-2 win over Bournemouth at the weekend, Carragher added: “I’ve always had the feeling that if you want to win a league, you’re going to have to score late goals. The thing that stands out is the quality of the goals. Reiss Nelson’s goal is sensational.
“I was listening in my car and I was celebrating! You look at those celebrations – is that a good thing or is that a bad thing? There’s so long to go and you get the fun police out there saying, ‘You shouldn’t be doing this, you shouldn’t be doing that.’
“Celebrate it, go for it, embrace it! If Arsenal win the league that moment will be remembered forever and he’ll be an Arsenal legend for that moment. We’ll be watching it back for years to come if Arsenal go on and win the league.
“The narrative around Arsenal is because they haven’t won it. When we’re saying, ‘Is this a positive?’ If Man City score in the last minute, we say ‘oh great mentality!’ Because it’s Arsenal we’re saying, ‘They’re choking, they’ve got to score in the last minute cause they’re not playing well enough.’ That narrative will change if they win it.”
Arsenal are eager to see Gabriel Jesus return to the field before the international break. They have two remaining league games in March, against Fulham and Crystal Palace, and a potentially decisive stretch of matches in April. These include fixtures against Leeds (home), Liverpool (away), West Ham (away), Southampton (home), Manchester City (away), and Chelsea (home). Arsenal will need to be at their best during this period if they hope to maintain their challenge for the Premier League title.