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{statorium_player pid=101 sid=165 text="Gabriel Jesus"} has scored four goals and provided three assists this term for {statorium_team tid=9 sid=165 text="Arsenal"}. The Brazilian trails {statorium_player pid=4812 sid=165 text="Erling Haaland"}, who tops the Premier League scorers chart with 11 goals.

Arsenal are having a fine start to the season, with the north London club sitting atop the Premier League. The Gunners are surprise leaders ahead of favourites {statorium_team tid=4 sid=165 text="Manchester City"} and {statorium_team tid=3 sid=165 text="Liverpool"}. Though Arteta has been cautious, fans have started talking up a potential Premier League title for the north London side.

Arteta made several signings this summer that seems to have galvanized the side. They play like a well-oiled machine and have lost just one game this season. The loss came against Manchester United, with Arteta taking responsibility.

Following the brilliant start to the season, many have started comparing the signings made this summer. Arsenal signed Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Fabio Vieira and Marquinhos, with comparisons suggesting that Brazilian forward Jesus has been a better signing than Erling Haaland for Manchester City.

Jesus, a better signing than Haaland?

Gabriel Agbonlahor is not the sharpest tool in the shed, nor is he the brightest bulb in the room. During his playing days, the Englishman was famed for his pace rather than his football prowess. Agbonlahor is now a football pundit and is never far from controversial takes. It seems that is another area of his career that needs a boost.

Following the transfers that happened this summer and the performances of those players, Agbonlahor has confidently claimed that Gabriel Jesus has been the better signing between him and Haaland. Jesus joined the Gunners this summer in a £45m deal. The Brazilian has been integral to Arsenal finding themselves at the top of the table after seven games.

Jesus has scored four goals and provided three assists this season, but is it enough to claim that he has been a better signing than Haaland?

Haaland joined Manchester City from Borussia Dortmund for £51m this summer. City are unbeaten this term in the Premier League but have dropped points in two games falling behind the north London club.

Two sides of a coin

With Manchester City trailing Arsenal by a point in the Premier League, the odds are still stacked against the north London club to win the title.

The form of the Man City striker has not stopped Agbonlahor from pitching his tent with Jesus. Agbonlahor told TalkSPORT that he feels Jesus is the better signing for him.

Haaland has 11 Premier League goals in seven games, with Jesus scoring just four, but it seems Agbonlahor is not measuring the two strikers based on the goals. According to Agbonlahor, Haaland has been outstanding but has done nothing that makes Man City different.

Contrasting the two strikers, Agbonlahor said that Gabriel Jesus turned Arsenal into something else.

Jesus was omitted from the latest Brazil squad but has said he will fight hard to regain his place in the team ahead of the World Cup.

Meanwhile, Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney has praised Haaland. The former Derby County boss said he is a genuine superstar. He believes he will score goals and thinks he makes a difference for City.

Former {statorium_team tid=10 sid=165 text="Newcastle United"} striker and manager Alan Shearer has joined Gary Neville in calling for the inclusion of Arsenal defender {statorium_player pid=604 sid=165 text="Ben White"} in the {statorium_team tid=381 sid=121 text="England"} Three Lions World Cup squad.

England boss Gareth Southgate is scheduled to release his squad list on November 10. He released his 55-man provisional list back in October but the names on the list have been guarded like the entrance codes to the World Bank's vault.

However, it is certain that Liverpool right back, Trent Alexander-Arnold, is on the list, having participated in the 2018 World Cup. The 24-year-old has been one of the shining lights of English football since his debut, but his defensive performances of late have left much to worry about.

As a result, Gary Neville, along with a few others, have asked that Southgate go with other right back options in Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker and Reece James while considering Arsenal defender Ben White as a back up.

White, who, though a centreback, has performed excellently well in the right back position for Arsenal due to squad fitness problems and tactical decisions by manager Mikel Arteta. The former Brighton and Hove Albion man has lots of competition for the centreback role in England but Neville and others believes he could be useful to Southgate just as he is to Arteta on the right hand side of England's defence.

Shearer has now echoed Neville's thoughts on the issue and joined his voice to the numerous calls to give White a call-up to the England squad.

In his column for The Athletic, Shearer wrote: "Having a 26-man squad feels like a luxury and definitely makes life easier for Gareth.

"Tournament football can be strange. Get a good start against Iran, pick up confidence in the other games, and the snowball effect comes into play, flattening weaknesses, and then in those circumstances, you never know, but I think the way his defence is shaping up — or rather the opposite — is where he'll be having trouble sleeping.

"It's not just about questionable fitness — it's about form, too. With Walker, it's fitness. With Harry Maguire, it's form and a lack of game time — one start in the league for Manchester United since August. It's form for Eric Dier, Luke Shaw, and Trent Alexander-Arnold. Kieran Trippier must be one of the first defenders on the team sheet at the moment, while Ben White is full of belief at Arsenal, but there are some big calls to be made here."

Jamie Carragher also chipped in on the conversation to expressly state that White, alongside James Maddison of Leicester City, need to be included in the squad.

{statorium_team tid=9 sid=165 text="Arsenal"} and {statorium_team tid=381 sid=121 text="England"} Three Lions forward {statorium_player pid=255 sid=121 text="Bukayo Saka"} has praised the Gunners and the national team for their show of support after his unfortunate penalty miss in the final of the 2020 UEFA European Championship.

Saka, alongside {statorium_player pid=186 sid=121 text="Marcus Rashford"} and Jason Sancho all missed their penalties as England fell to Italy on home soil in the final of the Euro tournament. The backlash that followed was not pretty, as racist English fans tore into them and their families for their misses.

The incident, which cost England their first international title since 1966, deeply affected the players involved but they got all the support they needed to bounce back. Saka, especially, has developed even better and the Englishman of Nigerian heritage has credited the national team and his club, Arsenal, for helping him move past that incident.

Speaking after his man of the match performance against Iran, Saka said: "Obviously it [Euro 2020 final penalty miss] was quite a while ago now.

"It's a moment that's been with me and will be with me forever. I'm so blessed and so grateful to have coaching staff, not only here with England and Gareth but also at Arsenal, my friends and family who put their arm around me.

"The love from my teammates and the nation who supported me and helped me get back into a good place. When I feel that love from everyone around me, it's good for me because it gives me the confidence and belief in myself to go again.

"That's why every time I wear the England shirt I always give 110% and do my best to make the nation proud."

The media then sought his opinion on the controversy surrounding the One Love armband.

A few LGBTQ+ friendly countries decided to sport the armband in support of the much maligned community, whose presence is unwelcome in Qatar. However, after a few sanctions were announced by FIFA with respect to the team's respecting the laws of the land, England and the other teams decided not to wear the armband.

The 21-year-old gave a diplomatic answer when posed the question. "Since Monday we haven't had a lot of time to discuss it but I'm sure we'll get the time to discuss and make a decision and maybe say what we have to say," he said.

England will be in action against the USA on Friday for the second round of group stage matches and will be looking forward to finally getting one over their rivals on the global stage.

{statorium_team tid=72 sid=167 text="Stade de Reims"} forward {statorium_player pid=21638 sid=167 text="Folarin Balogun"}, on loan from {statorium_team tid=9 sid=165 text="Arsenal"}, has given three-time African champions, Nigeria, hope of securing his international future.

Balogun was born in New York, USA to Nigerian parents. His family emigrated to London, England when he was two years old. He has lived there ever since. He also started his football career there, joining Arsenal's Hale End academy when he was seven years old.

Eligible to play for the USMNT, Nigeria and England, Balogun has been cutting his teeth on the international stages with England's youth teams after a very brief stint with the USMNT under-18 team. He has amassed 11 goals in 26 games across England's youth teams and is now being looked at for a potential call-up to the Three Lions senior squad.

His strong performances on loan in France with Reims where he is looking to impress Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, have also propped him up as another bright young talent. Balogun has scored seven time and provided two assists in 12 games for the club, who sit in 14th place in the French Ligue 1 table.

Balogun has now revealed that he is open to committing his international future to Nigeria in a recent interview. Speaking to BBC, Balogun said: "I haven't heard anything from Nigeria, but I'm open to anything because Nigeria is very close to my heart.

"My family's from there. I always have love for Nigeria. That's a conversation that I need to have with people around me, my agent and obviously my family.

"But if I was asked about the opportunity to play for Nigeria, then I can have that conversation. But first I need to be asked."

The 21-year-old striker will have some serious competition regardless of where he chooses to play. Victor Osimhen who, at the moment, is considered among the top three best young strikers in the world, sits atop the rankings in Nigeria. Balogun will also face competition from fellow Ligue 1 star Terem Moffi, who just sits above him in fourth place in the league's top scorer rankings for the ongoing season.

In England, he will also face competition from many promising young forwards. However, he believes that his time at Reims will help him develop further enough to stake his claim to a place at Arsenal, Nigeria or England.

"I remember before I came here, I had a lot of advice telling me that this would be a good league for me to develop," Balogun added.

"Now that I am here, I'm seeing the benefits of this league and I'm happy that I can help the team. You never know what the future might hold. I just try to focus on what I'm doing with the team and focus on the season."

{statorium_player pid=10383 sid=161 text="Zlatan Ibrahimovic"} has hit out at {statorium_player pid=1994 sid=167 text="Kylian Mbappe's"} choice to remain with {statorium_team tid=66 sid=167 text="Paris Saint-Germain"} instead of moving to Real Madrid at the end of last season.

Four months after the 2018 World Cup winner's decision to remain at Parc De Princes, the backlash has not stopped coming. Attacks from LaLiga's president Javier Tebas over the enormity of the deal has been front and centre of everything, but the media scrutiny into the decision is still going strong.

The man who Mbappe beat to become the club's second highest goalscorer of all time, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, has now weighed in with his own strong opinions on the issue. The legendary Swede claims that the move was influenced by his family who made him feel like he was bigger than the club. Ibrahimovic also opined that the move benefits PSG more than it does the young forward.

"I don’t know Mbappe very well as a person," the {statorium_team tid=96 sid=161 text="AC Milan"} man told Canal+. "As a player he is fantastic, but when you lose discipline, you lose identity.

"He made the right choice for PSG, not for himself, because he got himself into a situation where he is more important than the club. The truth is that PSG gave him the keys to it. No player is bigger than the club, but when the child is given opportunities to grow, he makes money easily.

"His parents are his agents, lawyers, coaches… And that’s the problem, mom and dad think they’ve become stars, they say in the newspapers and magazines. But who do you think you are? Shut up. It’s up to your son, the player, to work and have discipline."

Reports from October claim that Mbappe is not happy with the club as they have broken a number of the promises in his new contract already. Rumours began of his desire to leave the club in January also, but the 2018 Kopa Trophy winner has come out to deny those rumours.

"I’m very happy. I never asked for my departure in January," Mbappe told RMC Sport when he was quizzed on the reports. I was just as shocked as everyone else. There are people who may think I’m involved in this, but I’m not involved, I was taking a nap.

"My entourage was at my little brother’s game, all the people who take care of me weren’t there so we were flabbergasted when we heard about it.

"Afterwards, we had to deal with it, there was a game to play. Just to say that it is completely wrong and I am very happy."