Arsenal take on Brentford on Saturday afternoon in what is a big game for Mikel Arteta’s side. The Gunners currently sit in third place, one point behind league leaders Manchester City, who take on second place Liverpool this weekend.
If results fall Arsenal’s way and they manage to get the three points on Saturday, then Mikel Arteta’s side could end the week top of the Premier League for the first time this season. However heading into the match, the Arsenal boss has a few selection headaches to contend with.
Some of the Arsenal players were struggling with injury problems heading into the international break. Club captain, Martin Odegaard was suffering with concussion while Gabriel Jesus was still recovering from a minor hamstring strain picked up earlier this month.
The good news for Mikel Arteta is the majority of his players have since returned to full first-team training ahead of tomorrow’s game, albeit they may not be fully ready to start just yet.
That’s the situation of Gabriel Jesus who played a full 90 minutes for Brazil earlier this week against Argentina, but with a busy travel schedule and ongoing fitness issues, there are questions to be asked around whether or not he should start the game against Brentford.
Arsenal man, Adrian Clarke has recently been discussing whether he thinks Gabriel Jesus should start this weekend’s game: “It’s a really good question because I would always have Gabriel Jesus starting if I’m honest, I really like him as a player, but for this game, no.
“We have Gabriel who has come back from Brazil and Martinelli who has come back from Brazil. I don’t know if I want three players in our XI who has had that trip.
Jesus has just played a full 90 minutes and he’s not done that for a long time, it might be more prudent to start him on the bench, Trossard has been very good and deserves to keep his place.
Adrian Clarke says Gabriel Jesus should, in normal circumstances, start every game for Arsenal when fit and available, however he shouldn’t be risked this weekend.
When fit, the Brazilian striker is one of Arsenal’s best players. Although Trossard and Nketiah have filled in well in Jesus’ absence, they both don’t offer what the Brazilian does as the Arsenal number nice.
In my opinion, Arsenal should be able to win this game without having to risk Gabriel Jesus. His importance is undeniable and for that reason, if I was Mikel Arteta, I’d start him on the bench against Brentford on Saturday afternoon.