Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has given an update on the fitness of striker Gabriel Jesus ahead of their match against Leeds United on Saturday. The Brazilian international suffered an injury at the World Cup in Qatar in December and has only recently returned to action.
Despite his lack of game time, Arteta has hinted that Jesus could start against Leeds United. When asked if the striker was nearing 100% fitness, Arteta said as per Arsenal media: “He’s very close to that. In the last 10 days he’s made a big step forward and you can see that he is looser and he is not thinking about [his previous injury]. You can see in training that he is already creating that chaos and unique moments that he is capable of, so he is in a good place now.”
Arsenal are currently top of the Premier League table with 69 points after 28 games, but they are closely followed by second-placed Manchester City, who have 61 points plus a game in hand. With just ten games remaining in the season, every point counts as Arsenal look to win their first league title since 2004.
Gabriel Jesus was a key player for Arsenal before his injury, scoring five goals and providing five assists in the Premier League. Since returning from injury, he has only made some substitute appearances in the league. However, with Arsenal’s title hopes on the line, Arteta may be tempted to start him against Leeds United.
The return of Gabriel Jesus will be a huge boost for Arsenal as they look to maintain their lead at the top of the table. His pace and skill will add another dimension to Arsenal’s attack and could prove crucial in their title race.
Arteta will be hoping that Jesus can hit the ground running and make an immediate impact against Leeds United. With just ten games remaining in the season, every point counts as Arsenal look to end their long wait for a league title.