Squad depth vital
Mikael Silvestre believes Arsenal’s boosted squad could make the difference in the title race.
The former defender told bettingexpert.com: “The squad depth paid off, absolutely.
“They knew they had to thicken the squad after last season where they were a bit short towards the money time – March, April – that’s where they started losing ground.
“We are early on but you can count on these players to be difference makers.
“When you’re the opposition and you see these players [Martinelli, Havertz, Partey, Tomiyasu] coming in, you’re like ‘this is not going to get any easier’ cause the guys are great players and are fresh’.”
Rice justifies price tag
Ex-Arsenal defender Mikael Silvestre believes Declan Rice showed why the Gunners broke the bank to buy him in the win over Manchester City.
The Frenchman told bettingexpert.com: “That’s why they spent £100million on Rice. For these types of games.
“These types of performances, tight wins, can be the difference between winning and losing the title. That’s why they were so disciplined.”
Jesus on Arsenal difference
Gabriel Jesus further explained his role, saying: “At Man City I played a lot with Sergio Aguero, and I was the one who went out more, ran more.
“At Arsenal, I’m quite loose with Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka on my side. I swap a lot with Martinelli.”
Jesus on versatility
Gabriel Jesus has been used as a striker and as a winger this season amid an injury crisis at Arsenal.
On his constantly changing role, he said: “When I chose to move from City to Arsenal, Edu and Arteta spoke to me, and I made it clear that I’d like to play No9.
“This season has been different, we’ve had injuries and in the last few games I’ve played three up front.
“For a while, I thought I’d just say I wanted to play No9, but I’m here to help the team.
“I’m blessed by God to have this talent and the versatility to play in all three forward positions. I prefer not to choose.”
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Alonso appointed Sevilla boss
Diego Alonso has replaced Jose Luis Mendilibar as manager of Sevilla.
Arsenal face the Spanish side in the Champions League on October 24.
Mendilibar was sacked at the weekend just months after guiding Sevilla to their Europa League triumph last season.
Alonso has previously managed Pachuca, Monterrey, Inter Miami and Uruguay.