By Noel Whelan

19th Sep, 2022 | 2:20pm

Pundit issues 'massive' Gabriel Jesus claim amid new Arsenal controversy

Noel Whelan has insisted Arsenal won’t look to change Gabriel Jesus’ game despite his poor disciplinary record this term.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, hailed the 25-year-old’s “effort, willingness, desire, and aggression” since making the move to the London side.

Jesus picked up his fourth yellow card of the season during the 3-0 win over Brentford – and is just one caution away from triggering an automatic one-match ban.

Arsenal face Tottenham, Liverpool, Leeds, Southampton, and Nottingham Forest in their next five Premier League outings.

The former Man City forward must now go 12 league games without a booking to avoid sitting out a game through suspension.

Jesus’ arrival has proved a revelation for an Arsenal side who sit top of the league after seven games.

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He has notched four goals and three assists so far this term.

Whelan insisted it would be a “massive blow” for the Gunners if his one-match suspension is confirmed.

He told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “There’s the saying – ‘it’s a striker’s challenge’.

“We’re not as blessed as midfielders or defenders in that department because they’ve been taught to defend all their lives.

“It just shows the effort, willingness, desire, and aggression he has. He wants to go and close down defenders and win the ball back for his football team.

“I don’t think you’d ever want to change that. You just don’t want to take that away from his game.

“It’d be a massive blow even to lose him for one game just because of the player he is for Arsenal.”

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