Arsenal's Gabriel Jesus Set to Return After Injury, Confirmed by Manager Arteta
Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus is poised for a comeback after being sidelined due to a knee injury during the early games of the season. Manager Mikel Arteta provided this update on Friday, indicating that Jesus had undergone a minor knee operation after sustaining the injury at the Qatar World Cup.
Despite the setback, Arteta praised Jesus' sharpness and revealed that he had trained well throughout the week, signaling his readiness to return to action. While the manager did not explicitly confirm Gabriel Jesus' involvement in Saturday's match against Fulham, his positive remarks hinted at the possibility.
As the transfer window's closing date approaches on September 1, there is speculation regarding potential departures from the club, including Folarin Balogun and Kieran Tierney. Arteta acknowledged ongoing movements and the likelihood of busy days ahead but refrained from announcing any concrete developments. The manager emphasized the need for clarity on the squad's numbers and capabilities, given the ongoing transfer negotiations.
Addressing the extended transfer window in the Saudi Pro League, which closes later than most European leagues, Arteta expressed his opinion that it creates an uneven competitive landscape, as it allows for potential last-minute signings and changes.
Currently, Arsenal is among the three teams, along with Brighton & Hove Albion and Manchester City, boasting a perfect record of maximum points after wins against Nottingham Forest and Crystal Palace.
In the upcoming match against Fulham, who finished 10th in the previous season, Arteta acknowledged the challenge they pose. Despite Fulham's mixed start to the campaign, with a victory against Everton followed by a loss to Brentford, Arteta praised Marco Silva's coaching approach and the team's organization, anticipating a tough match on Saturday.