Gary Neville says Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus appeared a ‘stage above’ (Footage: Sky Sports activities/Getty)
Jesus accomplished a £45m transfer from Manchester City over the summer time and starred in pre-season, scoring seven objectives in 5 matches.
Whereas he was not capable of proceed his sensible goalscoring run towards Palace, Jesus however contributed to Arsenal’s hard-fought 2-0 win at Selhurst Park.
The Brazilian tormented Crystal Palace’s defence within the first half, along with his runs and motion impressing Neville and fellow Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher.
‘Arsenal have been completely electrical up entrance within the first 5 or 10 minutes. You have been simply considering “wow”, watching Jesus,’ Neville mentioned.
‘We noticed glimpses of it at Manchester Metropolis however we watching him tonight and it was magical. The runs he was making have been completely sensible. Jesus simply appeared a stage above.’
Former Liverpool defender Carragher added: ‘Jesus was glorious, he actually was. He was so sharp, he was simply electrical.
Eddie Nketiah got here on for Jesus late on (Image: Getty)
‘He did one run and I simply couldn’t consider it. I used to be so glad I wasn’t taking part in towards him. He was sensational in that first half.’
Gabriel Martinelli’s first-half header and Marc Guehi’s second-half personal aim noticed Arsenal kick-start their 2022-23 season with a 2-0 win in south London.
On Arsenal’s efficiency, Neville mentioned: ‘I feel Arsenal will likely be actually happy with that victory, particularly after what occurred within the first sport final season [when they lost to Brentford].
‘Crystal Palace threw all the things at them however Arsenal withstood it. Arsenal’s defence stood as much as it, the defenders did the job within the second half.’
French defender William Saliba additionally impressed on his Gunners debut, incomes the Participant of the Match award after serving to Arsenal preserve a clear sheet.
‘We knew it could be laborious right here however we have been sturdy and strong,’ he mentioned. ‘I’ve waited a very long time to make my debut and I’m completely happy to begin with a clear sheet and a win. It’s necessary for confidence.
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