Arsenal ‘s preparations for the new Premier League season have hit a snag as their star striker, Gabriel Jesus, will be sidelined due to minor knee surgery. The news was confirmed by manager Mikel Arteta after Jesus was absent from the team’s pre-season win over Monaco. The 26-year-old Brazilian forward had been showing promising form. But unfortunately, his knee issues from last season resurfaced, leading to the need for the procedure. Though not a major operation, it will force him to miss the start of the Premier League.
Arsenal will now have to look to other options upfront, Eddie Nketiah likely to step into the role during Gabriel Jesus’ absence. Nketiah captained the Gunners in the match against Monaco, where the team showed mixed performances.
The game against Monaco saw Arsenal trailing as Youssouf Fofana’s header found the net. However, Nketiah’s well-timed run resulted in a goal from a corner, leveling the score before half-time. The match remained tightly contested, with both teams having chances to score. Eventually, the outcome was decided through a penalty shootout. Arsenal emerged victorious after an impressive performance by their new goalkeeper, Aaron Ramsdale.
The focus now shifts to the upcoming Community Shield clash against Manchester City. Also, the Premier League opener against Nottingham Forest. The absence of Gabriel Jesus will be a blow to Arsenal’s attack. But fortunately, Eddie Nketiah’s potential to fill the gap offers some reassurance.
During their pre-season campaign, Arsenal experienced mixed results. It included a defeat to Manchester United and a victory against Barcelona during their tour of the United States.
As the start of the Premier League approaches, Arsenal will need to fine-tune their squad and tactics to face the challenges ahead. The Community Shield showdown against Manchester City on August 6th at Wembley Stadium will be followed by the Premier League opener at the Emirates Stadium against Nottingham Forest on August 12th.
Arteta’s side will be eager to begin the season on a positive note. They are looking to build on their pre-season performances, despite the setback caused by Gabriel Jesus’ injury. The Gunners will aim to showcase their potential and compete at the highest level as they pursue success in the upcoming campaign.