Here is why Gabriel Jesus is likely to miss start of EPL season

Here is why Gabriel Jesus is likely to miss start of EPL season

Arsenal forward Gabriel Jesus will be out for the beginning of the league season, Mikel Arteta announced on Wednesday.

Jesus injured his knee at the World Cup and was sidelined for three months last season, and now he needs another operation to fix some issues.

“He had some trouble in his knee that was bothering him and they had to go in and sort it out. It is not a big deal but he seems to be out for a few weeks I guess. It is a huge setback because he was back in top form, especially how he performed against Barcelona (in preseason), and he was in good shape and we lost him,” Arteta said.

Arteta said Jesus had been experiencing “trouble” in the knee for the last few weeks. “We had to make a choice and the best one is to safeguard the player and get him back as fast as possible so we decided to do it,” Arteta said.

“It is something linked to the previous injury that he had and the surgery. He had some inflammation in the knee and we had to get it sorted out.”

Arteta only has Eddie Nketiah and US international Folarin Balogun as the two main strikers in the team for the start of the season, although Leandro Trossard and new signing Kai Havertz can also play up front.

Balogun has attracted attention from other teams in this transfer window after shining on loan at French club Reims last season, although Jesus’ injury could make Arteta more reluctant to sell the striker.

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