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Arteta: 'Contagious' Jesus can inspire Arsenal


Mikel Arteta has been surprised by Gabriel Jesus' swift adaptation to life at Arsenal and is relishing harnessing the Brazilian's "contagious" mentality.

The Gunners kick-off the new Premier League season away at Crystal Palace on Friday Night Football - live on Sky Sports - with Jesus expected to make his competitive debut for the club following his £45million transfer from champions Manchester City.

With Jesus shouldering the new-found burden of expectation his arrival in north London has generated, Arteta called for patience, but the manager insists the early signs are promising.

When you bring in top players who are coming from top clubs where they have been extremely successful over the years, they are going to expect that expectation," Arteta said.

"The role Gabriel has here is going to be very different to the role he had at his previous club, that needs some adaptation and some time.

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