Arsenal legend Alan Smith is hoping that Gabriel Jesus can score at least 20 Premier League goals this season.
The Brazilian international will be the undisputed first choice to lead the line for the Gunners, and Smith thinks the striker does have it in him to be prolific in the English top flight, especially if he is supplied well by his teammates:
“He seems to be getting used to the players around him too, and the creativity around him is second to none. If he gets on the same wavelength as [Martin] Odegaard, [Bukayo] Saka, [Gabriel] Martinelli and the rest, then he’s going to get a lot of chances – 20, 25 goals? I’d see that as a realistic target. Maybe not 25 in the Premier League but, as long as he stays fit, there’s no reason why he shouldn’t get 20 or more.”
Smith is certainly putting the pressure on Jesus to perform but, if Mikel Arteta’s side are to finish in the top four this season, the 25-year-old’s performances will be crucial.
While his finishing ability has been criticised in some quarters over the years, he is someone who should thrive with the team effectively being built around him.
If he stays fit and injury-free, Jesus will likely finish the season as the club’s top goalscorer. Whether he will hit the heights that Smith expects, though, it remains to be seen.