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Rio Ferdinand hails Gabriel Jesus as Arsenal’s ‘most important player’ despite striker’s goal drought

Rio Ferdinand has hailed Gabriel Jesus as Arsenal’s ’most important player’ despite the striker’s current goal drought.

Jesus made an impressive start to his Gunners career following a £50m move from Premier League rivals Manchester City last summer.

But the goals have dried up for Jesus, who has failed to find the back of the net in his last seven appearances for Arsenal.

Despite this, former Manchester United and England defender Ferdinand still views Jesus as the most important member of Mikel Arteta’s squad.

Arsenal have enjoyed their best ever start to a league campaign and returned to the top of the Premier League on Sunday after thrashing Nottingham Forest 5-0 at the Emirates.


Speaking on the Vibe with Five YouTube channel, Ferdinand said: ‘Do you know what? I listened to the manager [Mikel Arteta] the other day before this game [against Forest].

‘He basically said: “we need our strikers scoring if we’re going to be successful… we need them to score”. That’s a fact.

‘Listen, I still believe he’s Arsenal’s most important player by the way. Without him, Arsenal are not the same team. But he just needs to add goals now. You can’t criticise anything else he’s doing.’

Arsenal legend Ian Wright felt Jesus’ failure to score was the only disappointment from the Nottingham Forest thrashing.

He said: ‘Arsenal need goals. They need goals from wherever they can get them from. Unfortunately for Forest, we gave them a bit of a beating today, but that’s what we need.


Jamie Carragher blasts ‘disgusting’ World Cup timing after Son Heung-min injury

Jamie Carragher has branded the timing of the World Cup ‘an absolute disgrace’ as Tottenham forward Son Heung-min became the latest player who could miss the tournament due to injury.

South Korea’s captain was forced off in the first half of Spurs’ 2-1 victory over Marseille in the Champions League on Tuesday evening following a nasty head collision.

Son Heung-min was forced off with an eye injury in Tottenham’s Champions League clash with Marseille (Reuters)

Son was seen with a swollen eye during Tottenham’s post-match celebrations and the 30-year-old has less than a month to recover as South Korea’s opening Group H fixture is against Uruguay on November 24.

France’s Raphael Varane is also in danger of missing the tournament after suffering a hamstring problem with Manchester United last month, while Liverpool’s Diogo Jota is already ruled out of Portugal’s World Cup campaign with a calf injury.


And Carragher has slammed FIFA’s decision to alter the timing of the World Cup from summer to winter in order to accommodate tournament hosts Qatar.

‘I think it’s an absolute disgrace that the World Cup is in the position that its in, for lots of reasons,’ Carragher told CBS Sports.

It was corrupt that Qatar were given the World Cup, we knew that at the time. They campaigned on having it in the summer, it is impossible there to have a World Cup in the summer with the temperature, it gets moves to the situation where it is now in the middle of the season.

Players who spend their whole lives dreaming of playing in a World Cup and now could be [out] – as we’ve seen with Son, players all around the world, [Raphael] Varane was crying coming off the pitch at Stamford Bridge. That’s how close we are to a World Cup.

An injury, a 10-day or a two-week injury, is going to keep players out of a World Cup and it should not be happening.

And it all started with FIFA giving Qatar the World Cup and then moving it. I think it’s absolutely disgusting.


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