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Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal: Gabriel Jesus reveals he has been working on the toe-poked finish

Arsenal had to dig deep to register a crucial 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest in the Premier League. Even though the Gunners were the favourites to get the three points at the City Ground, it was never expected to be an easy clash, which was the case on Tuesday night. Arsenal had to patiently wait to break down the home side, something which they were not able to do in the first half. However, things started to change in their favour in the second period.

Gabriel Jesus opened the scoring with a clever toe-poked finish and then set up Bukayo Saka for a second midway through the half. Despite Nottingham Forest pulling one back through Taiwo Awoniyi late in the game, Arsenal held their nerve to see out the win. After the Premier League contest, Jesus opened up on his neat finish. “I’ve been working a lot – and one thing I’ve worked on is this kind of finishing,” he told Arsenal.com.

Gabriel Jesus on the toe-poked finish

He added: “With the first one, when I hit the post, I was a little bit unlucky, but I kept trying. [I’ve had] the support of my teammates and fans. They keep supporting me and sometimes you have to try something different to score – I think it was the best way to come back, score and then obviously to help the team as well. All my teammates played amazingly tonight and that’s why we won the game.”

The striker also explained how difficult it is to face Nottingham in their own ground. “It’s not easy coming here. They have a good team, the crowd is amazing, they push the team a lot and when they scored a goal in the last four minutes, the crowd went crazy and then pushed them. The best way to control a team like them is keeping the ball, moving the front players, moving everywhere to try to create something. Unfortunately we didn’t score in the first half, but the second half we talked a little bit, made some changes and then we scored [two]. It’s good,” he said.

Meanwhile, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta showered praise on Emile Smith Rowe and also revealed how Gabriel Jesus pushed himself to be fit for the contest. “I think everybody was at a really good level. I’m really pleased with Emile as well because it’s been a long time since he had an opportunity to start a game. He’s been training really well, really sharp. Gabby as well, because he had a slight problem in his knee and in the last two days, he was pushing every physio and myself to be out there with the team. He looked really sharp and he helped us to win the game,” he told Arsenal.com.

Speaking about what impressed him the most about Smith Rowe, Arteta said, “That he went for it, that he was free, he was flowing, he was moving, he was participating, his body language was good – he’s just a beautiful footballer to watch. I’m really pleased because he was really connected with the team and I thought he played the game in a really good way.”

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