Mikel Arteta confident ‘amazing’ Gabriel Jesus will end eight-match run without an Arsenal goal

The Gunners sealed first place in Group A with a 1-0 win, kieran tierneyThe first-half goal proved to be the winner, although Arsenal’s failure to score a second goal meant it was a nervous conclusion to the match as they held on.

Jesus had a great opportunity early in the second half to double the lead when the ball fell to him in the box, but his shot from close range went over the crossbar.

The Brazilian, who captained the Gunners against Zurich, has gone eight games without scoring, a run of faltering form after his breakout start at the club following his move to Manchester City.

His overall impact on Arsenal’s game is evident even when he’s not on the scoreboard, although Arteta admitted the run is playing on Jesus’ mind.

“I’m sure it bothers him,” Arteta told BT Sport after the match.

“Knowing him, when he scores two he wants to score four. Today he also had a couple of good opportunities, but what he generates for the team is incredible.

“Last week he gave three assists, today he was involved in all the actions again. The goals will come.”

Arsenal had to equal PSV’s result against Bodo/Glimt to top the group and they did just that, ensuring they won’t have to face a team dropped out of the Champions League in the play-off round.

Instead, the Gunners are given a direct bye to the last 16, with the Arsenal boss relieved not to have those two extra games on the schedule early next year.

“Work done, it is never easy to win so many games in Europe and we have achieved it”, said Arteta.

“I don’t think it was the prettiest game we’ve ever played, but we managed to win the game.”

He added: “Today was really important. We know how important this is going to be, especially when other teams play in February.

“And winning helps to win. The atmosphere in that locker room today after a win is much better than after a loss. That’s the team’s approach.”

Takehiro Tomiyasu limped off late in the match, just 15 minutes after being introduced, in a worrying outlook ahead of the World Cup later this month.

“We don’t know, he felt something and we didn’t want to take any chances,” Arteta said.

“With the number of games we’re playing, it’s part of what’s going on. It can happen in training, it can happen in games, and unfortunately it happened to Tomi today”. .

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