Mikel Arteta reveals Gabriel Jesus Arsenal injury setback ahead of Newcastle clash

Latest Arsenal injury news with a Gabriel Jesus update from Mikel Arteta ahead of the Premier League clash against Newcastle

Gabriel Jesus of Arsenal in action during the Premier League match between Nottingham Forest and Arsenal FC at City Ground on January 30, 2024 in Nottingham, England.

Mikel Arteta has provided a worrying injury update on Gabriel Jesus ahead of Arsenal vs Newcastle in the Premier League. The Brazil international has missed the last four games with a fresh knee injury and it is currently unknown when he will return.

Injuries, particularly in his knee, have caused Jesus to miss 29 games since his transfer from Manchester City. A hamstring problem also saw Jesus miss one month of action in the first half of the season, with that arriving just as he was hitting his stride after being on the sidelines for the opening period of the campaign.

The latest muscular blow also arrived at the worst possible time with Jesus then absent for a huge clash against Liverpool just days after starring in a win over Nottingham Forest, with a goal and assist to his name. However, Arteta has coped well without his first-choice striker with Leandro Trossard and Kai Havertz both deployed in the role.

Although the Gunners would much prefer to have Jesus available, that looks unlikely to happen soon. “We could not resolve it as quickly as we wanted and he had a small reaction in training again,” Arteta said of Jesus. “We didn’t want to take any more risks because he has been out for quite a while and he is a player that we need at his best. We decided to give him a few more days.”

Arsenal face Newcastle at Emirates Stadium on Saturday evening and it is very likely Arteta will be choosing his starting XI from the same group of players that were available to face Porto. Fabio Vieira was back in the matchday squad for that European tie, but he is unlikely to be joined by any of Takehiro Tomiyasu, Oleksandr Zinchenko or Thomas Partey, despite a somewhat positive update on the latter.

“Let’s see,” Arteta said when asked about Partey this weekend. “We have another session today. He’s been out for many, many months now. We need to really nail the timing of when he has enough in the tank to compete. But I think he’s very close.”

In his Friday press conference, on returns for Zinchenko and Tomiyasu, Arteta revealed: “Alex [Zinchenko] is not far too. Tomiyasu still a little bit more.” Given Arteta’s comments, Jakub Kiwior continuing at left-back is expected with it possible Arteta brings Jorginho into midfield in search of more control with Havertz pushed into the false nine role as a result.

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