‘Excellent’ Gabriel Jesus on a ‘different level’ to Arsenal team-mates, insists Martin Keown, as former Gunners No.9 Alexandre Lacazette scores goal and assist for Lyon


Gabriel Jesus had an instant impact for Arsenal on his Premier League debut.

And his predecessor in the No.9 shirt, Alexandre Lacazette, did the same while simultaneously making his second debut for Lyon.

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Jesus was central to all of Arsenal’s good work

The Gunners made an electric start to the 2022/23 campaign, taking the lead at Crystal Palace with thrilling football.

Gabriel Martinelli scored the opening goal, but his namesake and Brazilian compatriot Jesus stole the show in the first half.

After a prolific pre-season, Manchester City’s £45million striker made Arsenal legend Martin Keown purr with his first display.

“Arsenal are on a different level,” Keown said in commentary for talkSPORT. “Jesus had a very good start to the game, everything he did was perfect.

“Arteta will be delighted with Jesus. Some of his moves were remarkable.

“Guehi is not outdone but he is capable of transforming him. The two centre-halves know he is on the pitch.

Lacazette shined for his return to French football

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Lacazette shined for his return to French football


“It’s so difficult tonight.”

Keown later added: “Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko are on a different level to their Arsenal teammates.”

Jesus replaced Lacazette in the No.9 shirt, after the Frenchman followed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang out the door on returning to Lyon earlier this summer.

And all parties seem to be satisfied, with Lacazette picking up an assist in 22 minutes on his Ligue 1 return against Ajaccio.

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