Gabriel Jesus blames lack of winning experience in Arsenal squad

‘We have no experience of champions’: Gabriel Jesus blames lack of title winners in Arsenal’s squad – and being the ‘youngest team in the league’ – after the Gunners dropped more points in their draw against Southampton

  • Jesus cited a lack of experience after Arsenal’s 3-3 draw with Southampton 
  • Arsenal have the youngest squad in the league by average age of players used
  • Man City are now four points behind Arsenal with two games in hand  

Gabriel Jesus pointed out the lack of title-winning experience within Arsenal’s squad after drawing 3-3 with Southampton in the Premier League on Friday evening. 

The Gunners have picked up just three points from their last three games after recording draws against Southampton, West Ham and Liverpool. 

Mikel Arteta staged a late fightback to rescue a point against bottom-of-the-league Southampton, having been 3-1 down with just minutes to go of regular time. 

Suggestions have been raised that Arsenal are crumbling slightly under the pressure of leading Manchester City in the Premier League title race.  

Speaking after the draw at the Emirates, Jesus told the cameras: ‘I don’t think it’s the pressure or something like that, like people want to talk. 

Gabriel Jesus cited a lack of title winning experience after the 3-3 draw against Southampton

Jesus insisted ‘everyone can make a mistake’ and reminded his team-mates to stick together  

The Gunners staged a late comeback to rescue a vital point against Southampton

‘Obviously, we are I think the youngest team in the league. No excuses, but that is a thing to be thinking about.’

With an average age of 24.4 years, Arsenal’s squad is the joint-youngest in the division alongside Friday’s opponents Southampton.

Jesus continued: ‘We have no experience of champions and then obviously, sometimes if we want to try, if we want to play good like we was playing from the start of the season we have to try and sometimes we do right and sometimes we do wrong.’

‘Everyone here can make a mistake, that’s why it’s so important to stick together. 

‘Now it’s time for recovery and to rest our minds and body and then keep fighting.’

After their three consecutive draw in the Premier League, Arsenal’s lead at the top of the table has been slashed from eight points to five as Pep Guardiola and Man City chase down the frontrunners. 

City have two games in hand over Arsenal and the two sides will meet in a blockbuster showdown at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday evening.  

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