Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus appeared to reveal when he’ll return to action during a chat with UFC legend Khabib Nurmagomedov.
The 25-year-old has been out since December after picking up a knee injury in Brazil’s defeat to Cameroon at the World Cup finals.
Jesus joined Arsenal from Manchester City in the summer, scoring five goals and registering six assists before the World Cup break.
Mikel Arteta’s side have continued their strides to a first Premier League title in 19 years despite Jesus’ absence, but the manager would rather have a fully fit squad for the run-in.
That’s why the striker’s latest fitness update will excite supporters. Check out the video below.
Jesus was in attendance for Arsenal’s dramatic 3-2 victory over Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday evening.
United took the lead through Marcus Rashford before Eddie Nketiah, Jesus’ replacement, nodded home the equaliser after a fine Granit Xhaka cross.
Bukayo Saka put the Gunners ahead eight minutes after the break with a long-range effort but were pegged back quickly by Lisandro Martinez’s first goal in English football.
In the dying embers, Arsenal poured forward in search of a winner. They found it thanks to Nketiah, who flicked Martin Odegaard’s shot past David de Gea for his second of the afternoon.
During the halftime break, Jesus had a chat with Nurmagomedov. The former lightweight champion finds himself in the strangest of places. Just ask Sir Alex Ferguson.
When asked about his injury lay-off, Jesus replied: “Maybe four or five weeks more I come back.”
He’ll have a hard time walking straight back into the first XI. Nketiah is now Arsenal’s top scorer in all competitions, registering his eighth and ninth of the campaign against United.
Post-match, Arteta called the 23-year-old ‘incredible’ and praised his ability to step into Jesus’ role.
He explained: What Eddie is doing is incredible. We cannot say that we saw that, we were hoping that he could do that because of the way he is, because of his mentality, because of his qualities and how those qualities fit within the team. Losing Gabby [Jesus] was a big blow, it is a big blow today, but Eddie is responding and the team I think exceptionally.”
Arsenal return to action against Manchester City in the FA Cup on Friday evening. It promises to be a thrilling spectacle, given the two teams are yet to face off this term.