Gabriel Jesus was forced to skip Arsenal’s Emirates Cup clash against Monaco on Wednesday after suffering a new knee injury – and Mikel Arteta has confirmed that he will miss the start of the new season.

The news was confirmed by the club and the knee problem will now be ‘assessed’ by the Gunners, with Jesus set to be out ‘for a few weeks’, according to Arteta.

It is concerning for the north Londoners given that Jesus had a lengthy spell on the sidelines last season due to a knee injury he picked up at the World Cup.

Jesus had been in good form during pre-season, with Arsenal looking to make a flying start to their Premier League campaign after painfully missing out on the title last term.

Unfortunately he had a little procedure this morning,’ Arteta said after the match against Monaco. ‘He had some discomfort in his knee that has been causing some issues and he had to go and resolve it.

It’s not something major but he is going to be out for a few weeks I think. It’s a big blow because we had him back to his best, especially the way he played against Barcelona (in a pre-season victory last month).

‘He was in good condition and we lost him but he’s been feeling some discomfort in the last few weeks and we had to make a decision. The best one was to protect the player and get him back as quickly as possible.

It’s something related to the previous injury he had and the surgery. He had some irritation in the knee and we had to get it resolved.’

Brazil star Jesus has registered 11 goals and eight assists across 33 games for Arsenal since he joined the club from Manchester City last summer.

His absence against Monaco provided an opportunity for Eddie Nketiah – who has been waiting in the wings behind the 26-year-old – and scored in the 1-1 draw against the French side before Arsenal won on penalties.

Mikel Arteta even decided to hand 24-year-old Nketiah the captain’s armband against Monaco in the friendly match played at the Emirates, with former boss Arsene Wenger spotted watching on in the stands.

Nketiah stepped into the Arsenal XI when Jesus was out injured with his knee problem last season.

Arsenal signed Kai Havertz this summer, who can operate as a centre-forward, but Arteta has been reshaping him as part of a midfield three.

The Gunners could also turn to Folarin Balogun following his impressive goalscoring form on loan at Reims last season, although he has been linked with a summer exit.

Asked if Jesus’ injury would impact plans over Balogun’s future, Arteta added: ‘The plans with Flo don’t change at all.

Unfortunately we’re not going to be with Gabi but we have other options to play with different qualities of players so we will adapt.’


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