Gabriel Jesus praises key change made by Arsenal players to earn Man City draw

Gabriel Jesus praises key change made by Arsenal players to earn Man City draw

Gabriel Jesus has praised his Arsenal teammates for “changing their body language” in how they claimed a point at Manchester City.

The Gunners played out a goalless draw with City on Sunday, bringing an end to a run of eight straight defeats at the Etihad Stadium.

Arsenal had been blown away 4-1 and 5-0 in their previous two trips to the blue side of Manchester, but Jesus is confident the squad have finally learned their lesson from those defeats.

Mikel Arteta’s side sat deep to keep City out and the hosts failed to score in a home game for the first time in 58 matches.

“Well, to play big games, you have to sometimes change your body language,” said Jesus. “To come here and play against them is not easy.

“We tried to win, I think we could have won. Maybe we played a different game to what we normally do, but sometimes football is like this. Each game is different.

“We had some chances, we could have scored and maybe won the game, but that’s football. We’ll take the point.

“We came last season and we suffered a lot, we conceded goals and we made some mistakes. So, to play against this team, normally it is hard and if you make some mistakes, it is even harder.

“Today was a bit different, we knew from the start at some point we had to suffer a little bit, [playing] deep. They are a team which loves the ball, we do as well, but sometimes it is difficult.”

Earlier on Sunday, the Gunners had lost first place after Liverpool came from behind to beat Brighton 2-1.

It means Arsenal are now second in the Premier League, but just two points off the top.

“It’s the Premier League, it’s a tough league and anything can happen,” said Jesus. “It is only two points, the difference [with Liverpool], and then we have a very good goal difference.

“Everything counts at the end, but there are still a lot of games. We also have the Champions League. This is the most beautiful part of the season, you try everything to win titles.”