Jesus, who had five goals and five assists in the league following his 45 million pounds ($54.07 million) move, has been sidelined since he sustained a knee injury at the World Cup with Brazil.
Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus is set to make his return soon after recovering from knee surgery but the Brazilian will have to fight for his place, director Mikel Arteta said on Friday.
Jesus, who had five pretensions and five assists in the league following his 45 million pounds($54.07 million) move, has been sidelined since he sustained a knee injury at the World Cup with Brazil, going under the cutter in early December.
Eddie Nketiah has led Arsenal’s attack in Jesus’s absence while Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka have taken on the scoring burden to lead the club five points clear in the table.
But it was Jesus’s all- round game that helped propel Arsenal to the top of the league in the first half of the season and Arteta said his return to training was a huge boost as the title race with his former club Manchester City heats up.
“He’s doing certain effects with the platoon and certain effects outside the platoon. He’s not veritably near, but he’s not veritably far. The croakers feel confident with how he’s evolving, ” Arteta told journalists ahead of Saturday’s home game against Bournemouth.
“It’s been enough straightforward. At the morning we were enough concerned and thankfully it wasn’t that bad. Gabi has been through that ahead, his intelligence is inconceivable and the platoon has done a really good job with him.
“It was a huge blow for the platoon, we knew the significance of Gabi, the way he converted the spirit and the position of performances we could reach. ”
When asked if Jesus would walk straight back into the starting lineup when he was completely fit, Arteta said “ presumably that wouldn’t be fair on him.
“When he was in the platoon he was phenomenal. But when he’s back, like everybody differently, he ’ll need to earn his place in the platoon. ”
Arteta also said Arsenal was assessing Nketiah after he played only 18 twinkles in their 4- 0 home palm over Everton in midweek while there were no enterprises with midfielder Jorginho, who was taken of at halftime as he was coming back from illness.
Bournemouth is in a deportation battle but, despite sitting 19th in the league, Arteta said he was impressed with how aggressive they were in recent games.
“I watched the games against Brighton, Wolves, Newcastle and Manchester City and I’m really impressed, ” he said.
“They didn’t concede important and could have had different results in two of those four games. ”
Bournemouth lost 1- 0 at Brighton, drew 1- 1 against caller Newcastle, beat Wolves 1- 0 down and lost 4- 1 at home to City. Know More Football News…