Arteta ‘worried’ after Jesus injury mars superb display

Seville (Spain) (AFP) – Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta mentioned he was “anxious” about Gabriel Jesus after the Brazilian ahead was taken off with a hamstring harm within the 2-1 Champions League win over Sevilla on Tuesday.

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The Brazil worldwide scored a surprising aim and created one other for compatriot Gabriel Martinelli because the Gunners obtained their European marketing campaign again on monitor after a defeat at Lens.

Arteta lavished reward on the ahead however admitted his concern over the harm which pressured 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 harm and solely made his first begin late in September, in search of his greatest kind.

Though the striker has solely scored one Premier League aim 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 cross by means of for Martinelli to open the scoring simply earlier than half-time.

Then Jesus added the second himself with a advantageous strike into the highest nook, and it proved decisive after Nemanja Gudelj headed residence from a nook.

“I am actually glad, (it was a) large recreation for large gamers, he wants to provide these moments,” mentioned Arteta.

“He got here right here for a cause, he modified our world, he introduced a lot perception and power for the staff. The staff 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 should have to show to Eddie Nketiah, Kai Havertz or Leandro Trossard to fill the hole left by Jesus, if his harm proves critical.

The Gunners host Sheffield United on Saturday earlier than visiting Newcastle within the prime flight, after which host Sevilla within the Champions League.

Arteta mentioned the staff’s victory at Sevilla’s Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium, which took the Gunners prime of Group B after Lens drew 1-1 towards PSV Eindhoven, was vital.

“We took a giant step in direction of qualification, it is one other step, this staff has to continue to grow,” added the coach.

“Defeat towards Lens put us in a troublesome place and we needed to react.”

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