Gabriel Jesus proves himself as an absolute star of Arsenal; Sinisterra debuts


Saturday, August 13, 2022 at 5:53 PM• Jeroen van Poppel • Last update: 18:41

Arsenal presented the Emirates Stadium on Saturday with a beautiful first home game in the Premier League. Gabriel Jesus once again lived up to the expectations with which he was taken over from Manchester City against Leicester City: the Brazilian became the absolute star with two goals and two assists: 4-2 win. Arsenal thus retains its 100 percent score and is fully at the top of the rankings. Further on in England, Luis Sinisterra made his debut as a substitute for Leeds United against Southampton (2-2).

Arsenal v Leicester City 4-2
The unchanged Arsenal saw Wesley Fofana shoot one-on-one at Aaron Ramsdale very early in the match and then took the initiative. Granit Xhaka headed the post after twenty minutes; a few moments later, Gabriel Jesus scored beautifully from a tricky corner inside the penalty area into the far top corner: 1-0. The striker benefited from preparatory work by Gabriel Martinelli and Xhaka, who somewhat fortunately got the ball to the Brazilian. Jesus made it 2-0 after 35 minutes with a header near the far post, after Leicester striker Jamie Vardy had extended a corner with the head.

Eight minutes after the break, Arsenal suddenly made it exciting again via William Saliba, who clumsily headed the ball into his own goal when attempting to play back at Ramsdale: 2-1. Arsenal immediately took advantage of a blunder from Leicester goalkeeper Danny Ward, who let a high cross slip. Jesus quickly tapped the ball to Xhaka, who tapped in: 3-1.

Jesus already missed several great opportunities on his hat-trick in the first half and again went just wide after 71 minutes. Leicester fought back shortly afterwards via James Maddison, who shot through the legs of the hesitant Ramsdale from a difficult angle: 3-2. Strikingly enough, Arsenal again immediately hit back, this time via Martinelli, who was played at sixteen meters from the goal by Jesus and found exactly the far bottom corner with his lesser left: 4-2. Shortly afterwards, Jesus aimed for the post from very close range and missed a hat-trick, but nevertheless got a deserved public change. Thomas Partey also hit the post on behalf of Arsenal.

Southampton v Leeds United 2-2
Sinisterra returned to Leeds United from a minor injury, which cost him the opening game against Wolverhampton Wanderers (2-1 win). The former Feyenoord player made his appearance as a substitute for Daniel James six minutes before the end. Sinisterra had previously watched a remarkable match from the bench. Leeds United, where Pascal Struijk was in the starting lineup, seemed to seize power shortly after the break via two goals from Rodrigo Moreno.

The striker tapped in a low cross from Jack Harrison at the first post in minute 46 and was ready on the goal line fourteen minutes later to promote Struijk’s header to a goal: 0-2. However, it turned out not to be enough for Leeds, which was surprised by two goals in the final phase. First Joe Aribo made a good hit in a crowded penalty area, then Kyle Walker-Peters escaped thanks to a sublime cross from Sekou Mara, after which the right back was able to shoot in from close range: 2-2.

No. Team m W G V +/- Pnt
1 Manchester City 2 2 0 0 6 6
2 Arsenal 2 2 0 0 4 6
3 Brentford 2 1 1 0 4 4
4 Tottenham Hotspur 2 1 1 0 3 4
5 Newcastle United 2 1 1 0 2 4
6 Leeds United 2 1 1 0 1 4
7 Chelsea 2 1 1 0 1 4
8 Brighton & Hove Albion 2 1 1 0 1 4
9 Aston Villa 2 1 0 1 -1 3
10 Nottingham Forest 2 1 0 1 -1 3
11 AFC Bournemouth 2 1 0 1 -2 3
12 Fulham 2 0 2 0 0 2
13 Liverpool 1 0 1 0 0 1
14 Wolverhampton W. 2 0 1 1 -1 1
15 Leicester City 2 0 1 1 -2 1
16 Southampton 2 0 1 1 -3 1
17 Everton 2 0 0 2 -2 0
18 Crystal Palace 1 0 0 1 0 0
19 West Ham United 2 0 0 2 0 0
20 Manchester United 2 0 0 2 -5 0