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Mikel Arteta speaks out on starting Gabriel Jesus in match against Sporting Lisbon

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has spoken out on the chances of Gabriel Jesus being in the starting eleven that will face Sporting Lisbon on Thursday at the Emirates Stadium.



( Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus / Photo via Getty )

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has spoken out on the chances of Gabriel Jesus starting in their game against Sporting Lisbon on Thursday. Gabriel Jesus recently returned from injury at the weekend and was given 15 minutes play time in Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Fulham.

Gabriel Jesus got a knee injury in December at the World Cup and has only returned. The 25-year-old had scored five goals and provided five assists for the gunners before his injury. His return to the team is a big boost for Arsenal, who are currently fighting to win the Premier League trophy and also aiming to win the Europa League.

Arsenal will welcome Sporting Lisbon to the Emirates Stadium for the second leg of their UEFA Europa League round of 16 tie after the first leg in Portugal ending 2-2. The Gunners will be looking to secure a victory against Sporting Lisbon to progress to the quarter-finals of the competition.

On chances of Jesus starting in Arsenal’s game against Sporting Lisbon, Arteta said; “We have to manage his minutes, his involvement in the team. Every day in training he says his sensations are getting better. That’s really positive.” said Arteta as per journalist Charles Watts.

Arteta’s comments suggest that Gabriel Jesus may not start against Sporting Lisbon but could feature from the bench if needed. The manager is keen on managing his minutes carefully as he does not want him to suffer another injury setback.

Gabriel Jesus’ return is a big boost for Arsenal, who have struggled with injuries this season. The Brazilian forward is known for his pace, dribbling skills and ability to score goals. He has been an important player for Arsenal this season and his return will give them more options going forward.

In conclusion, Gabriel Jesus’ return is good news for Arsenal as they look to finish strongly this season. However, it remains to be seen whether he will start against Sporting Lisbon or come off from the bench. Arteta’s priority is managing his minutes carefully so that he can avoid any further injury setbacks.

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