Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta confirmed that striker Gabriel Jesus will not be fit for the Champions League clash against Sevilla. The 26-year-old Brazilian is currently suffering a thigh injury. Moreover, Arteta previously said that he not put a time scale on his return.
The Gunners defeated Sevilla 2-1 back in October in Spain and Mikel Arteta will be expecting a similar result. But Jesus had started in that game and was the star for Arsenal. He assisted the first goal and scored the second one to give Arsenal a 2-0 lead.
Other injuries for Arsenal
The Gunners boss was also not sure if Martin Odegaard will be available for the game. Odegaard has been nursing a groin injury and missed the last Premier League game against Newcastle United. It appears that he will miss the Champions League clash yet again.
Midfielders Thomas Partey and Emile Smith Rowe will also miss the game with injuries.
Summer signing Jurrien Timber also continues to be out of the squad with a knee injury.
The Sevilla clash will be a big game for Arsenal
Arsenal are heading into this game on the back of two defeats in a row.
The Gunners lost 3-1 against West Ham in the Carabao Cup at the London Stadium. While they probably won’t mind losing the cup game as it may not be their priority, the 1-0 defeat against Newcastle would have hurt them badly.
Mikel Arteta’s first task on Wednesday will be to avoid another defeat. A win, especially against a good team like Sevilla, would certainly go a long way in lifting the confidence of the squad. A win will also take them one step closer to qualify for the Champions League knockout stages. But at the same time, dropping points will make their qualification much more trickier.
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