Arsenal Title Charge Dealt Big Blow After Extent of Gabriel Jesus Injury Is Revealed

Arsenal Title Charge Dealt Big Blow After Extent of Gabriel Jesus Injury Is Revealed

Edwin Kiplagat
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:19 PM
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  • Gabriel Jesus could reportedly be out for a lengthy period dealing Arsenal's title charge a massive blow
  • Jesus was forced out with a knee injury in Brazil's last group game against Cameroon at the World Cup
  • Jesus has played a crucial role for Mikel Arteta's side stunning start to the Premier League season, and if he is out for a lengthy period, Arsenal's title challenge will suffer
  • Jesus is also reportedly out of the World Cup

Arsenal's title challenge has suffered its first blow as talismanic striker Gabriel Jesus is reportedly out for a lengthy period on the sidelines.

The 25-year-old picked up a knee injury while at the World Cup with Brazil and was subsequently ruled out of the tournament in Qatar.

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Gabriel Jesus has been a key player for Mikel Arteta this season. Photo by Andrew Kearns.
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According to multiple reports, Jesus was ruled out of the rest of the tournament on Saturday, December 3rd, after being forced off with an injury in Brazil's 1-0 loss to Cameroon.

The former Manchester City star had played 28 minutes in Selecao's opening two games against Serbia and Switzerland.

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With Brazil safely through to the last 16, Tite named Jesus in his starting lineup against Cameroon. He was brought off after 64 minutes for Pedro after suffering a knock to his knee.

Extent of Jesus injury

According to sporttv via football London, Jesus was set to miss three weeks of action, but the injury seems to be worse than previously imagined. He is now expected to be out for three months.

If the reports are true, Mikel Arteta will be without his starting striker until at least March. This will rule him out of crucial Premier League games as the Gunners look to strengthen their grip on top.

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Jesus played for an hour before he was forced off with an injury against Cameroon. Photo by Matthias Hangst.
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He could miss vital games against Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United.

The 25-year-old has been a key member of Arsenal's phenomenal start to the Premier League season. He has been involved in 12 goals in 20 appearances in all competitions.

Despite not scoring as often as he would like, he's led the line well, allowing the likes of Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli to thrive.

Key Arsenal players

Sports Brief earlier reported on Rio Ferdinand naming two players that will likely fire Arsenal to the Premier League title.

Rio has claimed that Saliba and Gabriel Jesus are two of Arsenal's most important players.

According to the legendary defender, the Gunners will suffer a massive blow in their title bid should the duo pick up injuries.

"Your most important player is Jesus or Saliba. If those players come out of the team, the drop-off from that level is massive."
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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.