Former Premier League striker Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink has doubled down his criticism of Arsenal star Gabriel Jesus.
The Brazilian returned to the scoresheet on Sunday as he cushioned a header into the top corner beyond David Raya as Mikel Arteta’s side ran out comfortable 3-0 winners at Brentford.
He doubled Arsenal’s lead after William Saliba also continued his magnificent start to the campaign as his header crept in off the inside of the post to open the scoring. Fabio Vieira added a third in the second-half as the Gunners returned to winning ways in emphatic fashion.
Following their defeat to Manchester United, the former Manchester City forward came under fire for his role din the defeat at Old Trafford. Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “He’s a number nine. If I’m a number nine, I want players to create from here and there, I can give you a ball and shape you up.
“He’s come to Arsenal to score goals. He can drop in at times in the midfield but he needs to arrange in the box. Who’s going to have chances? Martinelli? Martinelli was out of the game after he had his little spell in the first 20 minutes.”
At the Brentford Community Stadium, he did just that as he ghosted of the defender’s shoulder in the box to head Granit Xhaka’s delivery home.
Whilst Hasselbaink was complimentary of the finish, he still feels Jesus has to stick to being a fox in the box. “We know that he has the quality and he puts these kind of balls in,” he added, speaking about Granit Xhaka.
“It’s the cross for me which makes the goal but what I’m more pleased about is to see Jesus in the box. We were talking about he’s coming too much in the midfield but look where he is – that’s where he needs to be to make the difference.
“It’s a great finish but it’s the cross that makes the goal, the cross makes his mind up where he needs to put it – great finish. Last week he wasn’t going into the box, now he’s in the box making the difference and that’s what people will remember him for the end of the season.”