Arsenal star Gabriel Jesus snubs Tottenham when discussing Gunners’ main challengers | Football | Sport
Arsenal forward Gabriel Jesus notably ignored bitter north London rivals Tottenham when discussing the pressure his side will face from other teams after the World Cup break. The Gunners beat Wolves 2-0 on Saturday to ensure they will go into the Christmas period sitting five points clear at the top of the Premier League.
A double from midfielder Martin Odegaard was enough to get the job done at Molineux, and Arsenal are now beginning to be talked about as serious contenders to win their first top-flight title since the 2003-04 campaign.
Speaking after the match, Jesus insisted he and his teammates were not getting carried away, and pointed towards the quality elsewhere in the division – but will have delighted supporters by snubbing their old enemy Spurs.
“We cannot look to others,” Jesus said. “We know Man City , obviously I know them more than most of the people. But we have to do our job. We know the Premier League is not easy, it is the toughest league in the world.
“It is not only Man City – it is Liverpool, Man United, Chelsea. What can we do? Just focus on ourselves that is all.”
Reflecting on what has happened in recent months to transform Arsenal from top four challengers to genuine title contenders, Jesus added: “First of all it is because of the team. I think everyone can see the spirit of the team and the way we love each other.
“The way we want to help each other on the pitch. That is what happens when you are in another family. We spend more time here than home. Everyone is like this. That is why it is working outside. We have a young team so we run a lot – with the ball and without the ball.”
Arsenal’s closest current challengers are Manchester City, but Pep Guardiola’s side slipped to a shock 2-1 home defeat to Brentford on Saturday to leave them five points behind in second place.
And the Gunners are still only seven points clear of Newcastle and eight ahead of Spurs, albeit having played a match fewer than both teams. Much will depend on how Arteta and his players can deal with the pressure of being top when the Premier League resumes on Boxing Day.
Arsenal have a relatively kind-looking couple of fixtures to get things back underway as they host West Ham and travel to Brighton. But they then take on Newcastle, Tottenham and Manchester United consecutively in the New Year in what could be a defining period for their hopes of finishing first.