Arteta ‘worried’ after Jesus injury mars superb display

Arsenal’s Spanish coach Mikel Arteta is pictured earlier than the UEFA Champions League 1st spherical day 3 Group B soccer match between Sevilla FC and Arsenal on the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Seville on October 24, 2023. (Photograph by CRISTINA QUICLER / AFP)

SEVILLE, Spain (AFP)— Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta stated he was “nervous” 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 shocking objective and created one other for compatriot Gabriel Martinelli because the Gunners acquired their European marketing campaign again on observe after a defeat at Lens.

Arteta lavished reward on the ahead however admitted his concern over the damage which pressured him off late within the sport.

“He harm one thing in his hamstring and he needed to come off, I am nervous 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 greatest kind.

Though the striker has solely scored one Premier League objective 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 via for Martinelli to open the scoring simply earlier than half-time.

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

“I am actually comfortable, (it was a) huge sport for large gamers, he wants to supply these moments,” stated Arteta.

“He got here right here for a motive, 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 will have to show to Eddie Nketiah, Kai Havertz or Leandro Trossard to fill the hole left by Jesus, if his damage proves critical.

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

Arteta stated the staff’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 staff 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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