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Mikel Arteta confirms Gabriel Jesus scan results for hamstring injury

Mikel Arteta confirms Gabriel Jesus scan results for hamstring injury

Mikel Arteta has confirmed the results of Gabriel Jesus’ scan on the injury he suffered in the Champions League game against Sevilla on Tuesday.

The Brazilian was a key player in Arsenal’s 2-1 win in Spain, contributing a goal and an assist, but had to be withdrawn towards the end of the contest after feeling unwell.

Arteta was concerned about the injury when speaking about Jesus after the Champions League game, admitting it was “not good news”, although the striker himself added he believed the problem was “not that big” after testing with the club’s physios .

However, Arteta has now confirmed that Jesus will be missing for several weeks.

Ahead of Saturday’s clash with Sheffield United, he told a pre-match press conference: “The scans show it’s a muscle injury and we could lose him for a couple of weeks again.” With Gabby, I can’t give you a time frame because he always surprises us.”

Arteta could be without Jesus for several weeks / Ryan Pierse/GettyImages

Jesus missed four games in August with a knee injury, after being ruled out for more than three months back in 2022/23 with a knock he suffered at the World Cup in Qatar.

Eddie Nketiah has often filled in when Jesus has been sidelined through injury and could start the game against Sheffield United on Saturday. Kai Havertz is another option, with Arteta claiming the Germany international “has been very good” in that role.

Arsenal have also been hit with injuries in midfield and Thomas Partey will not feature any time soon.

Arteta added: “He has a muscle injury and we expect him to be out for a few weeks. We don’t know how much, he has more scans today. He went to training with the last kick of the ball.”

Partey’s absence will not have a major impact on Arteta’s squad selection, with the Ghanaian starting just three Premier League games so far this season.