Bad news for Arsenal. Gabriel Jesus has successfully undergone surgery to his right knee after suffering an injury during the Brazil v Cameroon World Cup group stage match on Friday.
Gabby will now begin his rehabilitation programme.
Everyone at the club is supporting Gabby and will be working hard to get him back on the pitch as soon as possible.
Gabriel Jesus came off on 64 minutes in Brazil’s 1-0 defeat to Cameroon on Friday; the Brazil striker will miss the rest of the tournament, which is also a bad news for Brazil; Arsenal restart their Premier League campaign as league leaders against West Ham on Boxing Day.
Arsenal confirmed the 25-year-old has already had an operation and is starting his recovery. Reports have suggested Jesus could be out for up to three months but it is understood the club are not putting a timescale on his return as yet.
An Arsenal statement read: “Gabby will now begin his rehabilitation programme. Everyone at the club is supporting Gabby and will be working hard to get him back on the pitch as soon as possible.”
WHO WILL REPLACE JESUS?
The bad news is a problem for Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal, who restart their Premier League campaign on Boxing Day when they host West Ham.
The Gunners have Eddie Nketiah as striker back-up while Gabriel Martinelli can also play in a centre-forward role if required.
Arsenal will look to transfer a striker in january. One of the option is Cristiano Ronaldo, who is free agent right now. Other option is Folarin Balogun, who is in on loan but can come back in january. Christian Pulisic is an option too.
IMPACT OF JESUS
Arsenal are currently top of the Premier League table- – five points ahead of their nearest challengers Manchester City – and Jesus started every single game for Arteta’s Gunners from the beginning of the season to the World Cup break.
The impact of Jesus at Arsenal following his £45m move from Manchester City has been clear to see both on and off the pitch. His injury is really bad news for Arsenal.
Many in the Arsenal squad have spoken about how the Brazilian striker and Oleksandr Zinchenko have brought a “winning mentality” from City over the summer – while Jesus, as a centre forward, has been the Gunners’ player for the big moment with five goals and six assists in his opening 14 games.