Seville (Spain) (AFP) – Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta mentioned he was “anxious” about Gabriel Jesus after the Brazilian ahead was taken off with a hamstring damage within the 2-1 Champions League win over Sevilla on Tuesday.
The Brazil worldwide scored a surprising purpose and created one other for compatriot Gabriel Martinelli because the Gunners bought their European marketing campaign again on monitor after a defeat at Lens.
Arteta lavished reward on the ahead however admitted his concern over the damage which compelled him off late within the recreation.
“He damage one thing in his hamstring and he needed to come off, I am anxious about that,” Arteta advised reporters in Seville.
Jesus began the season with a knee damage and solely made his first begin late in September, in search of his finest type.
Though the striker has solely scored one Premier League purpose in seven appearances, he has three in three within the Champions League.
Jesus’s slick flip helped crack open Sevilla’s defence and he threaded a go by way of for Martinelli to open the scoring simply earlier than half-time.
Then Jesus added the second himself with a wonderful strike into the highest nook, and it proved decisive after Nemanja Gudelj headed dwelling from a nook.
“I am actually joyful, (it was a) huge recreation for giant gamers, he wants to provide these moments,” mentioned Arteta.
“He got here right here for a motive, he modified our world, he introduced a lot perception and power for the group. The group depends on these gamers to win video games, we’d like gamers like this.”
Arsenal are third within the Premier League, two factors behind leaders Tottenham, and will have to show to Eddie Nketiah, Kai Havertz or Leandro Trossard to fill the hole left by Jesus, if his damage proves severe.
The Gunners host Sheffield United on Saturday earlier than visiting Newcastle within the high flight, after which host Sevilla within the Champions League.
Arteta mentioned the group’s victory at Sevilla’s Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium, which took the Gunners high of Group B after Lens drew 1-1 in opposition to PSV Eindhoven, was necessary.
“We took an enormous step in direction of qualification, it is one other step, this group has to continue to grow,” added the coach.
“Defeat in opposition to Lens put us in a tough place and we needed to react.”
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