Arsenal have been dealt a huge injury blow regarding Brazil centre-forward Gabriel Jesus.
That’s according to sporttv via the Daily Mail, who claim that, after being withdrawn in the second half of the Seleção’s 1-0 loss to Cameroon on Friday evening due to a pain in his right knee, the Gunners striker will now miss the remainder of the Qatar World Cup as a result of injury.
The report went on to state that the forward is set to spend a gut-wrenching three months on the sidelines with back up striker Eddie Nketiah now the sole option in that area of the pitch.
Considering just how important Jesus has been for the Gunners since his £45m move to The Emirates this summer, the news that the centre-forward has picked up a relatively serious injury during Brazil’s 2022 World Cup campaign will undoubtedly come as a huge blow to Mikel Arteta.
Indeed, over his 14 Premier League appearances so far this season, the £103m-rated talent has been in sensational form, having already scored five goals, registered five assists and created five big chances for his teammates, in addition to taking an average of 3.6 shots – 1.1 of which have hit the target – making 1.6 key passes and completing 1.9 dribbles – per game.
These returns have seen the £265k-per-week star average an extremely impressive Sofascore match rating of 7.11, currently ranking him as Arteta’s seventh-best performer in the league, as well as the joint 49th-best player in the top flight of England football as a whole.
As such the loss of a player as important as Jesus will certainly be a colossal blow to their title hopes as the difference the Brazil international has made since arriving in north London has been seismic.
His all-round play has been exceptional with his dribbling and ability to draw opponents close to him has been unlike anything we saw from a languid and tired-looking Alexandre Lacazette last term.
Now, they will have to rely on Nketiah, a man with zero Premier League goals all campaign. It does not bode well for the Islington outfit at all.