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Gabriel Jesus shares his thoughts on the competition for places and playing through pain

Gabriel Jesus has opened up about his challenges at Arsenal, discussing his form, the competition for starting positions, and speculations about the club’s transfer plans.

Reflecting on his physical struggles, Jesus admitted to be playing with discomfort: “I don’t remember the last day I played football without pain.” Kai Havertz’ arrival increased the competition for the starting spot in attack, but Jesus praised his teammate’s dedication: “If you see the way he works, he’s unbelievable. That’s the price you pay if you want to be in a big club”. The Selecao star also stressed the importance of team contribution over individual playtime: “You have to fight to play. If you are not playing the best thing you have to do is try to help. I never complain.”

On the topic of Arsenal potentially signing another striker, the Brazilian acknowledged that the decision rests with the club’s management: “Edu and Arteta already know if they want another striker or not, for sure”. Jesus remains humble and focused on his role: “My job is to work and train hard, to improve and help Arsenal win trophies. The speculation will always be there.”

Since joining Arsenal from Manchester City in 2022 for €52.2 million, Jesus, who turned 27 last week, has scored 19 goals and provided 12 assists across 61 appearances.