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Gabriel Jesus names the ‘best finisher in the world’

Arsenal forward Gabriel Jesus has hailed Bayern Munich counterpart Harry Kane as the ‘best finisher in the world’.

The Gunners host the Bavarians in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday night, with Kane making his first return to this part of north London since leaving Tottenham Hotspur last summer.

Kane scored 14 goals in 19 games for Spurs against Arsenal, making him the all-time leading scorer in north London derby history.

Speaking ahead of Tuesday’s meeting, Jesus was quick to shower the England captain with praise.

“Everyone knows the quality of Harry Kane,” Jesus said at a press conference. “For me, personally, he’s the best finisher in the world.

“So, it’s great to obviously play against these kind of players. We want to keep him quiet in the game – and then we try to win the game.

“Also, it’s not only Harry Kane, but a lot of players like [Leroy] Sane, my old friend, [Jamal] Musiala, [Kingsley] Coman, [Thomas] Muller – what a player – [Serge] Gnabry. It’s a lot. They have quality players there.

“It’s hard to explain [what makes Kane the best finisher in the world], maybe he can explain it to you, me not.

“But, in my opinion, he can finish with his head, left or right [foot]. Since I arrived in Europe, for me in that time, he’s one of the best and at this time he is the best finisher in the world.

“I don’t watch players to try to take something from them. I watch to enjoy it. All the players have their own qualities, like I do. I don’t try to copy someone. But obviously, you see him finishing, you want to keep seeing and watching – and just enjoy it.”

Bayern are on the verge of finishing the season without a trophy, but Kane has at least managed to register a staggering 38 goals and 12 assists in 37 matches for them since signing in the summer.

Jesus, meanwhile, has endured a stop-start campaign largely disrupted by injuries, tallying eight goals and five assists in 28 games for Arsenal.

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