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Gabriel Jesus: Arsenal striker responds to criticism after Brazil display

Gabriel Jesus at Brazil
"Gabriel Jesus 2016" by Andre Borges/Agência Brasília is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

The striker came under fire for his unimpressive goal numbers with the Selecao.

Gabriel Jesus has admitted that scoring goals is not his “strong point” after failing to score for Brazil again.

Jesus’ goalless run at Brazil extended to nine matches after he failed to find the back of the net in Selecao’s 1-0 defeat against Argentina on Wednesday. 

Brazil have slipped to sixth place in CONMEBOL’s World Cup qualifiers after claiming only seven points in six matches. Jesus has come under fire alongside a host of his fellow forwards for their poor goal numbers for the national team.

“I believe that goals are not my strong point,” Jesus admitted“But I score goals, I’m there to score goals. I did so much in the national team.

“When I score goals again, it’s going to happen. It’s work. I work quietly, I’m not one to respond to criticism, I’m not one to be happy with praise. I was, I won’t be anymore.”

At the club level, Jesus scored 11 goals in 26 league games for Arsenal last season. This season, however, he has scored only once while struggling to keep his place in Mikel Arteta’s plans.

Jesus is expected to reunite with his Arsenal teammates tomorrow as they prepare for a Premier League match against Brentford on Saturday.