Gary Neville has celebrated Gabriel Jesus after the striker impressed on his debut in the win over
Jesus completed a £45million move in the summer and featured seven goals in five games in pre-season.
Although he was unable to continue his superb goalscoring streak against Palace, Jesus nonetheless contributed to Arsenal’s hard-fought 2-0 win at Selhurst Park.
The Brazilian tormented Crystal Palace’s defense in the first half, his runs and movement impressing Neville and colleague Jamie Carragher.
“Arsenal was absolutely electric for the first five or ten minutes. You just thought ‘wow’ while watching Jesus,” Neville said.
“We caught a glimpse of it at Manchester City but we watched it tonight and it was magical. His runs were absolutely brilliant. Jesus just looked up one level.’
Former Liverpool defender Carragher added: “Jesus was excellent, he really was. He was so perceptive, he was just electrifying.
“He went on a run and I just couldn’t believe it. I was so glad I didn’t play him. He was sensational in that first half.’
With a first-half header from Gabriel Martinelli and a Marc Guehi own goal in the second, Arsenal started the 2022/23 season with a 2-0 win in south London.
Speaking on Arsenal’s performance, Neville said: “I think Arsenal will be very happy with this win, especially after what happened in the first game last season [when they lost to Brentford].
“Crystal Palace threw everything at them but Arsenal stood up to it. Arsenal’s defense held up, the defenders did their job in the second half.
France defender William Saliba also impressed on his Gunners debut and was named Player of the Match after helping Arsenal keep a clean sheet.
“We knew it was going to be tough here, but we were strong and solid,” he said. “I’ve waited a long time for my debut and I’m happy to start with a goal and a win. It’s important for trust.
“It helped me to spend two years on loan in France because I’m young and I have to play. Now I’m back and I hope we can have a good season.”
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