Manchester United defender Lesandro Martinez has named an Arsenal forward as the toughest opponent he has ever faced in his Premier League career.
The Argentine centre-back has proven many doubters wrong in his debut season at Old Trafford, cementing his status as one of the best signings of last summer’s window.
However, that’s not to say he had it all his own way. Martinez was noticeably substituted at half-time in United’s 4-0 defeat by Brentford on the second weekend of the season, and has admitted his toughest match came a few weeks later.
In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Martinez named Arsenal talisman Gabriel Jesus as his toughest rival.
Jesus started up front for the Gunners in a 3-1 defeat at Old Trafford in September, putting in an all-action display and leading the press from the front. Bukayo Saka grabbed Arsenal’s goal on the day, with debutant Anthony putting United ahead before Marcus Rashford scored a brace in the second half.
Although he has been criticized for his wastefulness in front of goal, Jesus has looked a much more dynamic player since joining Arsenal from Manchester City last summer.
Jesus has provided five goals and five assists in 14 Premier League games so far for Mikel Arteta’s side, although he has not featured since the World Cup break after suffering a knee injury on duty with Brazil in Qatar. have played
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