Arsenal star Gabriel Jesus is set to miss up to several months due to needing surgery for his knee injury sustained at the World Cup.
The Lowdown: Gunners talisman
Many may have questioned Jesus’ decision to depart a serial-winning Manchester City side led by Pep Guardiola, but his switch to Arsenal couldn’t have gone any better.
The Brazilian got off to a flying start in pre-season and has sustained his stellar impact among the frontline across the first half of this season.
Ten goal contributions in the form of five goals and five assists are just a small inclination of his huge impact, with his presence alone so significant in Mikel Arteta’s side.
The Latest: Major blow
According to football guru Fabrizio Romano, Arsenal are set to endure somewhat of a winter nightmare and will be without their star for an initial three months, with that spell potentially going on for ‘several’ months.
Taking to his personal Twitter page to issue the update, Romano said: “Bad news for Arsenal. Gabriel Jesus will need to undergo surgery on the knee he injured at the World Cup, so it’s more serious than expected — confirmed as reported by @mcgrathmike.
“Gabriel could miss several months, could be three months.”
The Verdict: Nightmare
With the World Cup being timed the way it has, injuries were always going to be a concern.
But, it goes without saying that this is one of the worst things that could have happened for Arteta and co, as they will now have to defend their lead at the pinnacle of the Premier League table without their Brazilian talisman.
It makes things unnecessarily tough for the Gunners, who may now be forced to dip into the winter market upon its recommencement in January.