Mikel Arteta: Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has admitted that it would not be easy for them to play with just one striker available at their disposal until Gabriel Jesus recovers from the injury.
Gabriel Jesus is currently sidelined after he sustained an injury during Brazil’s FIFA World Cup 2022 campaign. Gabriel Jesus was part of the Brazil national football team that participated in Qatar 2022.
But the Arsenal striker suffered an injury while playing for Brazil in their third Group G match, against Cameroon. He was ruled out of the remainder of the FIFA World Cup campaign.
Gabriel Jesus, who picked up a knee injury, has since undergone surgery and is currently recovering. Arsenal are likely to be without the Brazilian international until the end of February or the start of March.
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Mikel Arteta admits it would not be easy for Arsenal to play with just one striker available for selection until Gabriel Jesus returns
Gabriel Jesus’ injury means Arsenal only have one striker available for selection until the Brazilian returns to action.
Speaking after Arsenal cruised to a 3-0 victory over Oxford United in the FA Cup third round, Mikel Arteta confessed that it would not be easy for them to play with just one striker available for selection until Gabriel Jesus is back.
Mikel Arteta also admitted it would be ‘great’ if Arsenal can sign a striker in the January transfer window.
“The problem is we have only one [striker],” Mikel Arteta said. “And to go for that many months until Gabby is back is not easy.
“But we have to get the most out of the players that we have at the moment and if we can have some reinforcements, great.”
Meanwhile, it was Eddie Nketiah, the only striker Arsenal have available for selection, who starred for the Gunners as they secured their passage to the next stage of the FA Cup.
After Mohamed Elneny sent Arsenal ahead in the 63rd minute of their match against Oxford United, Eddie Nketiah scored in the 70 and 76th minutes to seal the north London outfit’s win.
Meanwhile, Arsenal currently sits atop the points table in the Premier League. Mikel Arteta and co. have 44 points from 17 matches in the Premier League so far in the 22/23 season. They are five points clear of defending champions Manchester City, who sit second.