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Gabriel Jesus could achieve rare feat vs Sevilla that only Marouane Chamakh managed at Arsenal

Gabriel Jesus could achieve rare feat vs Sevilla that only Marouane Chamakh managed at Arsenal

Gabriel Jesus has the chance to equal an Arsenal record.

Arsenal star Gabriel Jesus has the chance to achieve a rare feat only previously managed by former Gunners striker Marouane Chamakh when his side face Sevilla on Tuesday evening.

The Gunners take on the Spanish side in the Champions League, looking to bounce back from their 2-1 loss to Lens on matchweek two.

Having beaten fourth-placed PSV - who are two points behind them - on matchweek one, Arsenal could put themselves in a strong position to qualify for the knockout stages with victory over Diego Alonso's side.

Jesus has started both games for Arsenal during the competition thus far, and scored in both matches against Lens and PSV.

As Arsenal were not involved in the Champions League last term, this season has seen the Brazilian feature for the Gunners in Europe's top club competition for the first time since arriving from Manchester City in the summer of 2022.

And should he score against Sevilla, he will become just the second Arsenal player to score in each of their first three Champions League games for the club.

Marouane Chamakh is the only other Gunners player to achieve that feat, back in the 2010/11 season. He scored in six consecutive games in the competition, having netted in three games for Bordeaux prior to leaving in 2010.

Jesus, though, will hope for more long-term success in the competition than the Frenchman, whose three goals in that campaign were his only Champions League goals for Arsenal.

Chamakh would play a further nine matches in the competition for Arsene Wenger's side without success before joining West Ham on loan in 2013. He left permanently to join Crystal Palace later that year.

In 2016, the French forward accused Wenger of a 'lack of respect', and believed he deserved more playing time after Robin van Persie's return from injury in 2011.

He added (quotes via ESPN): "The year [2010/11] passed and at the start of the next season, he told me that the tactical system would perhaps change and that I would maybe start with Robin.

"It was only promises. There was nothing at the end of them. That year, Robin was incredible, he was player of the year.

"I couldn't say anything, and I wasn't going to go and see [Wenger] and tell him that I should be playing instead. Robin was a lot better than me.

"For the ambitions I had, I think it was a little bit of a lack of respect. I had started well, and overnight he forgot about me just like that."

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Topics: Arsenal, Gabriel Jesus, Mikel Arteta, Champions League, Sevilla, Football