Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus has been a revelation ever since his Premier League debut under Pep Guardiola last season.
Apparently, former Brazil international, Juninho was added to the list of footballers who’ve been impressed by the star striker’s abilities.
Speaking in an interview, Juninho said he was looking forward to watching him play in the upcoming Premier League season and he has been mightily impressed by Jesus’ personality as well right from his time at Palmeiras.
Not just that, Juninho feels Jesus is perfect fit for Guardiola’s style of play and English football as a whole.
Meanwhile, Juninho feels Jesus and his team-mate Sergio Aguero are both different kinds of strikers and we wonder how Guardiola will be using both his goal-machines once the Premier League season takes off.
Arsenal completed their Australian tour with a 3-1 win over the Western Sydney Wanderers with all their goals coming in the first half in Sydney on Saturday.
The Gunners scored their goals in a 11-minute period late in the first half through Olivier Giroud, Aaron Ramsey and Mohamed Elneny.
The English giants were held in the second half with the 2014 Asian Champion League winners pulling a goal back off an indirect free kick from Steven Lustica.
Arsenal leave for China winning both games on their first tour to Australia in 40 years after beating A-League champions Sydney FC 2-0 on Thursday.
“They made it quite physical for us, they pushed us a little bit and we played very well for long periods in the first half,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said.
“The players who came on in the second half gave us more impetus and we finished strongly, unfortunately we couldn’t score any more but overall it was a positive game.”
The game drew 83,221 fans for a two-game total of 163,653 for Arsenal’s visit.
Arsenal broke away with three goals late in the opening half after a competitive opening. French striker Giroud swept home a cross from Spaniard Nacho Monreal after an overlapping run on the left in the 33rd minute and they were two-up a few minutes later.
Monreal found Ramsey with a long ball and he lobbed goalkeeper Janjetovic on the edge of the box.
The Gunners grabbed a third goal nearing half-time when Egyptian Elneny’s long-range volley deflected off defender Brendan Hamill’s leg past Janjetovic into the unguarded net.
Gunners’ record signing Frenchman Alexandre Lacazette showed his immense skills when he turned his marker and fired a shot at the keeper in the opening minutes.
Elneny came close to a second goal when another long-range shot cannoned off the underside of the bar wth Janjetovic beaten minutes after the resumption.
But the Wanderers stuck at it and Jack Clisby hit the bar with a drive and Ramsey conceded a free kick with a back pass to substitute goalkeeper Emi Martinez.
Lustica hammered the indirect free kick against Monreal on the goal-line and put the rebound into the roof of the net for his team’s opener in the 57th minute.
Wenger made mass changes midway through the second period with Lacazette and Giroud among those substituted.
The Gunners came close to adding to their tally in the final stages with Mesut Ozil and Eddie Nketiah hitting the post and Theo Walcott having a sharp chance saved by goalkeeper Janjetovic.
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Romelu Lukaku has been warned that all aspects of his life will come under more scrutiny now that he has signed for Manchester United. The Belgium international completed his big-money move to Old Trafford from Everton last week and now former United and Toffees full-back Phil Neville has offered the 24-year-old some guidance on the added pressures of playing for the reigning Europa League winners.
Despite being linked with a return to Chelsea for much of the summer, Lukaku ended up joining Jose Mourinho in Manchester for a fee believed to be £75million. The signing, and the money involved, has already been questioned by some even though Lukaku has a proven record for scoring goals in the Premier League.
While the last details of his transfer were being agreed, news came from the United States that Lukaku would face court action over “excessive noise” at a residence in Beverly Hills. Lukaku was holidaying in Los Angeles, along with new United team-mate and close friend Paul Pogba, when he was arrested on July 2 after being given verbal warnings by officers.
And it is away from the pitch where Neville believes the former Anderlecht youngster will notice the most change. “He will realise that he has left a great club in Everton, I played there for eight years, but he has gone to United now and the scrutiny will be there on and off the pitch,” he said.
“Off just as much as on; how he portrays himself on social media, what he does on the training ground – we saw earlier in the week one bad pass in training and the whole of the English press were poking fun at him.
“That is the scrutiny he is under, he is playing for a club where the pressure is probably greater than ever, far greater than when I played, the expectation level is far greater than when I played and the pressure is definitely.
“He has been bought to win the Premier League for Manchester United, they haven’t done it since Sir Alex Ferguson left so every year that goes by that is more pressure added on to the players that are there.”
Neville, talking at the Star Sixes tournament at London’s o2, reckons Lukaku does still have something to prove despite the sizeable price-tag as he gets set to make his United bow in Sunday’s friendly against LA Galaxy.
“It caught me by surprise, the move, everyone was fixated on (Real Madrid striker) Alvaro Morata,” he said.
“Morata was going to United and Lukaku going to Chelsea. Maybe it was a smokescreen or United acting fast if the Morata deal fell through, it is good business.
“They have signed a player with vast potential but he has a lot to prove. Sometimes when you spend £75million on a player you get the finished article but I think with both Paul Pogba and Lukaku, United haven’t bought the finished article and they have got players who have a lot to prove.
“Romelu has scored goals in the last four seasons, for West Brom and Everton, they are buying someone who scores goals in this league, that is guaranteed. But they are also buying someone who has the ability to improve and needs to show it on a bigger stage.
“For the last 12 months he has probably told everybody he wants to play on the biggest stage, well he is now playing on the biggest stage and it is time to deliver.”
Lukaku was Mourinho’s second summer recruit following the earlier arrival of Sweden international defender Victor Lindelof.
Neville, who won six Premier League titles during his time at Old Trafford, believes there may be more to come as United look to improve on their sixth-placed finish last year.
“I don’t think that will be it,” he added when asked if Mourinho will still be wanting further additions. “There are probably two or three more players that Jose wants, but it is always nice to get one or two signings under your belt, you look at the clubs that sign players early on, it puts pressure on those clubs that haven’t.
“Jose is the sort that he always wants his players at the start of pre-season, signed, sealed and settled. It doesn’t always work out that way but that has been the general rule of Mourinho.
“He has two in Lindelof and Lukaku and I think two more will come in, I wouldn’t be surprised if they signed another centre forward because goals last season probably cost them challenging for the Premier League. “They had a brilliant season last year but ultimately the Premier League is the be-all and end-all.”
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