Manchester United defender Lisandro Martinez has picked Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus as the best player he has played against in the Premier League.
Argentine central defender Martinez has been in fine form at Old Trafford since his £57m move from Ajax last summer.
There were concerns allayed that the 25-year-old could be exposed in the Premier League owing to his height, with Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher among those to raising eyebrows when the Red Devils decided to fork out big sum for him.
But the fiery and tenacious South American has quickly put those concerns to bed, making a formidable central partnership with Raphael Varane before heading to Qatar and helping Argentina win the World Cup.
Martinez has continued to impress since returning to Old Trafford after the break, helping Erik ten Hag’s side close the gap on Premier League leaders Arsenal to five points, reach the EFL Cup final and advance to the Europa League last 16 at the expense of Barcelona most recently.
The diminutive defender has come up against some of the elite forwards on the planet this season, relishing battles with the likes of Erling Haaland, Robert Lewandowski, and Harry Kane.
But Martinez has named Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus as his toughest opponent since arriving in England in an interview with the Daily Telegraph.
Arsenal are soaring high in the Premier League, and Gabriel Jesus has been one of the pivotal players in the Gunners’ red-hot form at the start of the season.
While, the Brazilian hasn’t played for the Gunners since November, his arrival last summer has led to a change in the mindset of this Arsenal dressing room.
Prior to picking up injury, he was flying as well, scoring five goals and providing three assists in his first nine league games for the club.
The Brazilian is currently working his way back to full fitness ahead of a big second-half of the season for Arsenal.
Martinez, meanwhile, has confirmed that he’s determined to help Man United defeat Newcastle in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final and lift their first piece of silverware since 2017, when they did a double Europa League and EFL Cup.