Stewart Robson has changed his mind about Arsenal’s summer signing, Gabriel Jesus, and how he “started running” in pre-season, he told ESPN.

The former Highbury star admitted he initially felt Jesus “wasn’t a great signing” and didn’t think he would score many goals ahead of the new Premier League season, but he hasn’t changed his mind.

After witnessing the 25-year-old in pre-season scoring an impressive seven goals from five games, including a hat-trick during his 6-0 win over Sevilla, he caught the player’s attention.

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Now, at the end of the day, preseason is preseason and it’s something that shouldn’t be considered too much because all that matters is what happens at Selhurst Park on Friday night.

But for Arsenal analyst Robson, the club’s new striker has already done enough to change his mind ahead of the Premier League’s opening game.

“Before he went to Arsenal, I thought there wouldn’t be many (goals he would score),” said Robson. “I think it wasn’t a great signing.

“We talked last year that he was a better right winger, then he was a striker. He said he was never in the center of attack when he couldn’t join the team.

“But after seeing him play for Arsenal in pre-season, it’s like he’s running on the ground, and the other players are enjoying playing with him running after jogging.

“He seems to be full of confidence, so I will go for Jesus by scoring 18 goals in all competitions for Arsenal.”

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Jesus will score +15 goals next season?

Well, ex-Arsenal man Robson is backing the player to achieve those numbers, but in all balls, with Arsenal back in the Europa League.

Given the nature of the teams in the Europa League, it wouldn’t be surprising if Jesus didn’t play in the early stages of the competition because the quality is so low.

Then it is likely that someone like Eddie Nkeitia, who signed a new contract this summer, will get a chance to shine.

While Bukayo Saka scored an impressive 11 goals in the Premier League last season, it is both Jesus and Nketia who will have to take most of the responsibility for the goals ahead of the new season.

In other news, ‘Listen to the offers’: CEO weighs £15m in Newcastle target future

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