Mikel Arteta has provided an update on Gabriel Jesus’ fitness following the Brazilian striker’s absence from Arsenal’s FA Cup third-round clash with Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium. Jesus was sidelined due to a minor knee issue, and although he hasn’t been in top goal-scoring form lately, his absence was noticeable as Arsenal struggled in front of goal.
During the match, Kai Havertz, Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka, and Reiss Nelson missed several chances before Liverpool capitalised with an own goal from Jakub Kiwior and a late strike from Luis Diaz.
Given their inefficiency in the final third, Arsenal are eager to have Jesus back soon. Arteta shared an update on the Brazilian international’s fitness in his post-match press conference.
“He had some pain in his knee,” Arteta explained. “We have conducted a scan that reveals something. Hopefully, it’s not a significant issue. It’s the same knee he had an injury on before, so we couldn’t take any risks.”
Arteta confirmed that Jesus is expected to travel to Dubai for Arsenal’s midseason training camp before their return to Premier League action against Crystal Palace.
There are now concerns that Jesus’ injury might impact Arsenal’s January transfer plans, as the club was previously linked with a forward due to their struggles in front of goal. Arteta acknowledged the need but also hinted at financial constraints, saying, “One thing is what we need, and another is what we can do.”
Despite speculation about potential additions like Ivan Toney or Dominic Solanke, Arteta seemed to downplay the idea, emphasising support for the existing squad.
“What we need to do now is stick behind those players, give them some love, train them, and make sure they visualize something very different from what is happening now,” he stated.
Arsenal faces challenges in the transfer market due to financial restrictions but remains open to potential signings this January.