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Arsenal: Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli hold the key as Gunners bid to revive title bid

With no new striker arriving, Brazilian pair must step up to get stalled campaign back on track

A two-week break and some sun in Dubai has helped lift the gloom around Arsenal.

The Gunners return to action against Crystal Palace on Saturday — and manager Mikel Arteta wants his recharged squad to hit the ground running.

Back-to-back Premier League defeats and an FA Cup exit to Liverpool preceded their warm-weather training camp, but Arsenal still believe they can achieve something special this season.

Victory over struggling Palace at the Emirates Stadium would move them to within just two points of Jurgen Klopp’s table-toppers, who travel to Bournemouth on Sunday.

Arsenal also have a winnable Champions League last-16 tie against Porto next month, so are still in a good position, despite their recent drop-off.

After three defeats on the spin, the Gunners looked in desperate need of a break, and the eight-day training camp offered them the chance to reset.

Nowhere was that needed more than in attack, where Arsenal had 61 shots in their last three games but scored just once.

Arteta believes their issues in front of goal have become psychological and that their break in the calendar came at just the right time.

Part of the reason behind going to Dubai was the benefit of training in the heat and the facilities out there, but also the impact a change of scenery could have on the players.

Gabriel Jesus was able to train with the group after missing the Liverpool defeat with a knee issue, and he hopes to play on Saturday
Jesus has struggled with form and fitness all season, and the same goes for fellow Brazilian Gabriel Martinelli.

At this stage last season, Jesus and Martinelli had scored 12 goals between them. So far this campaign, they have managed just five.

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