By Taiwo Ibrahim
Arsenal have been dealt a huge blow ahead of the 2023-24 Premier League season after losing star striker, Gabriel Jesus to a knee injury, Sportivationng.com reports.
Mikel Arteta confirmed that the Brazil forward is expected to miss the start of the season due to a knee procedure”.
The former Manchester City forward missed Arsenal’s penalty shootout win over Monaco in the Emirates Cup on Wednesday.
“Unfortunately, he had a little procedure this morning,”
Arteta said. “He’s had some discomfort in his knee that caused him some issues so they had to go in. It’s not something major but he’s going to be out for a few weeks.
“It’s a big blow because we had him back to his best, especially with the way he played against Barcelona and he was in good condition but unfortunately we lost him.
“We had to look at it and we had to make a decision and the best one is to protect the player and get him back as quick as possible. We decided to do it.”
“He had some irritation in the knee and we had to get it resolved,” Arteta added.
This will come as a big blow to Mikel Arteta and his team, who will be hoping to have all their players available to start the new season.
Meanwhile, Arsenal won the 2023 Emirates Cup after defeating Monaco 5-4 on penalties .
The regulation time ended 1-1.