Gabriel Jesus’ injury knocked him out of the World Cup, bringing fears to Arsenal fans.
Since the Brazilian left Qatar over the weekend, few details were known, but Arsenal revealed on Tuesday that he underwent successful knee surgery and would begin rehab immediately.
It’s a setback to Jesus and Arsenal, who lead the Premier League after 14 games. His summer arrival from Manchester City has altered Mikel Arteta’s side, contributing to its strong start.
Arsenal say it’s too early to estimate Jesus’ recuperation time, but reports say he could miss three months. Eddie Nketiah will certainly start for several critical matches, but his three goals in 19 appearances have worried fans.
Nketiah was given the No. 14 shirt after signing a new deal in the summer, showing Arteta’s trust. The 23-year-attitude old’s and commitment are clear, but he’s no Jesus.
With his new contract and greater role under Arteta, it would be unusual to see Arsenal sign direct cover for Jesus. If Edu is asked to select a replacement, two choices stand out.
Atletico’s Joao Felix is one. The Portugal international arrived in Spain as one of the world’s most highly-rated young players, but a tumultuous relationship with manager Diego Simeone and a lack of playing time have apparently left him looking for a way out.
Atletico CEO Gil Marin said TVE the team is willing to sell Felix for the right price. “He’s a world-class talent,” he said.
“For reasons that aren’t worth discussing – his relationship with the manager, the minutes played, his motivation – it seems reasonable to consider an option that’s good for the player and the club. I’d like him to stay, but I don’t think he wants to “Marin,
According to Relevo, Arsenal has ‘asked’ about the player, but Atletico Madrid’s €140m (£120m) asking price could prove problematic. Felix could be available on loan with an option to buy, giving Arsenal a chance.
Felix has played center forward, second striker, and winger, scoring 67 goals and providing 35 assists in 216 games. He’d give Arteta impressive versatility and a much-needed goal threat, as well as Jesus-like possession skills.
Tammy Abraham is another obvious choice. AS Roma would be willing to sell the striker for €45million (£38million), according to Italian reports. Arsenal was reportedly interested in the 25-year-old while he was at Chelsea.
Abraham scored 27 goals in 53 Italian games. He missed Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad due to a dip in form this season. Abraham still has a lot of quality despite his recent struggles and would add strength and height to the Arsenal frontline.