Mikel Arteta: Gabriel Jesus’ ‘Contagious Mentality’ Can Inspire Arsenal This Season

Mikel Arteta has been surprised by Gabriel Jesus’ swift adaptation to life at Arsenal and is relishing harnessing the Brazilian’s “contagious” mentality.

The Gunners kick-off the new Premier League season away at Crystal Palace on Friday night with Jesus expected to make his competitive debut for the club following his £45million transfer from champions Manchester City.

With Jesus shouldering the new-found burden of expectation his arrival in north London has generated, Arteta called for patience, but the manager insists the early signs are promising.

“When you bring in top players who are coming from top clubs where they have been extremely successful over the years, they are going to expect that expectation,” Arteta said.

“The role Gabriel has here is going to be very different to the role he had at his previous club, that needs some adaptation and some time.

“He’s done it fantastically well, we are surprised how quickly he has done it, but we have to share that responsibility.

“He’s an enormous talent, a player with mentality that is so contagious, and he is going to give us a lot, but it is a team contribution at the end of the day.”

Source: Skysports