Gabriel Jesus © Gallo Photos
Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta stated 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 received 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 pressured him off late within the recreation.
“He harm one thing in his hamstring and he needed to come off, I am anxious about that,” Arteta instructed reporters in Seville.
Jesus began the season with a knee damage and solely made his first begin late in September, searching for his greatest 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 cross via for Martinelli to open the scoring simply earlier than halftime.
Then Jesus added the second himself with a effective strike into the highest nook, and it proved decisive after Nemanja Gudelj headed house from a nook.
“I am actually comfortable, (it was a) massive recreation for giant gamers, he wants to provide these moments,” stated Arteta.
“He got here right here for a motive, he modified our world, he introduced a lot perception and vitality for the crew. The crew 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 prime flight, after which host Sevilla within the Champions League.
Arteta stated the crew’s victory at Sevilla’s Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium, which took the Gunners prime of Group B after Lens drew 1-1 in opposition to PSV Eindhoven, was essential.
“We took an enormous step in the direction of qualification, it is one other step, this crew has to continue to grow,” added the coach.
“Defeat in opposition to Lens put us in a troublesome place and we needed to react.”