fears Gabriel Jesus will never be the prolific striker capable of shouldering the goalscoring burden himself at Arsenal.
The summer signing from made a blistering start to his Gunners career and while his overall contribution to the side remains significant, both on and off the pitch, the goals have dried up in recent weeks.
Indeed, Jesus has gone five games without a goal in all competitions, a run which dates back to his opportunistic strike in the north derby at the start of October.
The Brazil international’s wayward finishing played a key role in Arsenal’s eight-game winning run coming to an end at St Mary’s on Sunday when he squandered several glorious opportunities to extend his side’s lead.
Southampton rallied in the second half and ultimately earned a deserved point through Stuart Armstrong and although Henry is a fan of Jesus’ ‘contagious’ attitude, be believes Arsenal will need more goal contributions from their wide players if they are to maintain their excellent form.
‘Jesus is a guy who can put more pressure,’ Henry, Arsenal’s all-time record goalscorer told CBS.
‘Is he going to be a guy that’s going to score 25-30 goals? No. But what he does is contagious.
‘Then you have the likes of Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka, who can do wonders.’
Jesus fronted up in the immediate aftermath of a rare off day for Mikel Arteta’s side and took personal responsibility for failing to extend Arsenal’s winning sequence.
He said: ‘I’m disappointed, we’re all upset with the result today because we know our quality, we know we could win the game today the way we played,’ Jesus told Premier League Productions after Arsenal’s draw with Southampton.
‘Of course, we dropped a little bit of our level, we have to come back because this league is tough, it’s difficult.
‘Everyone is upset, now it’s the difficult time I think, the difficult time is coming so everyone has to be alert, focus more.
‘We have six or seven games before we stop before the World Cup, so we need to come back, relax tomorrow but come back strong because that’s football, sometimes you drop a little bit but you have to realise and wake up, that’s what we have to do now.’
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