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Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus left Ally McCoist in awe against Luton Town after a quick throw-in to Bukayo Saka before Gabriel Martinelli scored the opening goal on Tuesday.

The Gunners broke the deadlock after only 20 minutes during their first fixture at Kenilworth Road since Boxing Day 1991. Martinelli slotted his shot home to give Arsenal a 1-0 lead after a mix-up between Luton full-back Amari’i Bell and the Hatters’ goalkeeper Thomas Kaminski.
Bell misjudged Kaminski’s position and left the 31-year-old scrambling to avoid conceding an avoidable corner. But the shot-stopper would only put the ball out of play for a throw-in that Jesus instantly grabbed. He then dropped the ball into Luton’s area as Saka ran into the box.
Gabriel Jesus and Bukayo Saka combined to assist Gabriel Martinelli at Luton Town

Saka would only add to Bell’s misery after his mix-up with Kaminski by cutting a pass behind the left-back, too. His ball into the Hatters’ six-yard box was also perfect for Martinelli to run onto unrivalled. The 22-year-old then slotted home into the far corner to put Arsenal ahead.
Martinelli had only scored once in the Premier League this season before netting as Arsenal visited Luton on Tuesday. The nine-cap Brazilian came off Mikel Arteta’s bench on his return from a hamstring injury to bag his prior effort as Arsenal edged Manchester City in October.
But unlike his goal at Emirates Stadium against Manchester City that took a huge deflection off Nathan Ake’s face, Martinelli did not need any luck to score against Luton. Tuesday’s trip to Kenilworth Road returned the Guarulhos native’s 13th top-flight appearance this season.
Gabriel Jesus left Ally McCoist in awe of the Arsenal striker’s quick-thinking

Yet while Martinelli dealt their damage early on during Arsenal’s game at Luton, McCoist was also fast to praise Jesus for his quick throw-in to Saka. The Rangers legend appreciated how the 26-year-old was smart to catch Luton on their back foot following the defensive mix-up.

“[It is] incredibly quick thinking to take the throw-in,” McCoist said on Amazon Prime during the commentary. “[Jesus] releasing Saka [was] very, very clever… Look how smart Jesus is. Look, [he was] smart as a tack.”

McCoist was certainly right to praise Jesus for his role in Martinelli’s goal that yielded Saka’s seventh assist in the Premier League season so far. The Brazilian’s quick thinking created the chance for Saka to feed Martinelli by not letting Luton get settled after their cheap mistake.

It was also only the latest example of how Jesus often plays a vital role in Arsenal scoring but without having an assist. The 64-cap Brazil star went to Kenilworth Road without an assist to his name after nine Premier League appearances this term, along with just one goal in them.

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