Arsenal need to step up striker search after devastating Jesus injury revealed

Well, all Arsenal fans always expect to see our players injured when they go off on international duty, and we have been proved coorrect yet again, with devastating news coming from the Brazil camp in Qatar that after a scan on his knee Gabriel Jesus will miss the rest of the World Cup.

The annoying thing is that he only played cameo roles in Brazil’s first two games, and Jesus and Martinelli only started against Cameroon because Brazil had already qualified for the knockouts.

Martinelli put in an excellent performance, but Jesus was a bit subdued and was taken off after an hour. It has since been revealed that he needed a scan on his knee and it is apparently an ongoing problem at Arsenal this season…

If he is out for at least a month, plus more time to return to match fitness again, Mikel Arteta will only have Eddie Nketiah as our one confirmed centre-forward, and surely he can’t play two games every week, although he will be very fresh to start with.

But this emphasises the need for us to buy some extra cover in early January. I wonder if we can at least get Mudryk or Gakpo right at the start of the transfer window to shore up our very thin squad.

Or maybe Arteta and Edu have got another wild card up their sleeves?


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  1. It’s time Edu pushes for the signature of Marcus Thuram. Given he has only six months remaining on his contract with Glabach, he is the easiest to sign mid season.

  2. Hopefully, he will be back in time to play when games resume or maybe miss one or two matches. I wonder if Arteta will be able to work on Nelson for LW while Martinelli or Nketiah play upfront.
    Mudryk will be a good player to have but we need more of a RW/ST type of player now and a quality 6/8 also.

  3. Huge blow, for whichever games I reckon Martinelli should play central with Smith Rowe back in contention and hopefully match-fit soon

    We all feared this injury along with the CDM injury, the most. The versatile striker/winger. in Jan is now probably looking more likely we will sign one. We need to now pray that Martinelli and Saka can both come through the tournament unscathed

  4. Mudryk is an LW and we’ve got plenty of attackers who can play well on the left wing

    Gakpo’s playing style is too similar to Aubameyang’s, so I’d prefer a more dominant CF in the mold of Vlahovic

        1. @ GAI, and Meedo, pardon my asking, why do you say so? Cos I was looking at the prospect of Arsenal signing mitrovic from Fulham and also Milinkovic Savic from Lazio.

          Savic is a top quality Midfielder we were linked to in the summer. Going for him in January makes sense.

          Mitrovic has premier league experience and has been outstanding for Fulham this season.

          Nketiah is a player I like. But we need a better forward if we want to win the premier league this season.

          1. I believe the Serbians still remember Xhaka’s provocative goal celebration at Switzerland vs Serbia match in World Cup 2018

            Xhaka has just jumped into another quarrel against Serbian players in Qatar

            1. Xhaka celebrated the win against Serbia wearing the shirt of his young teammate, name Ardon Jashari, who just happened to share the sir name of the late Kosovo leader Adem Jashari.

      1. But Serbians were the aggressors against Kosovan, its Xhaka who should have a problem with Serbians not the other way round

    1. I think if we sign a striker, Jesus will be able to offer quality cover at LW as well as up front. My only challenge will be the RW. Who is a competition for Saka? No one. That’s why I’ve not really been sold on these Gakpo and Mudryk thing cos they both operate predominantly on the LW where we’ve still got Smith Rowe. We need a RW unless Arteta wants to trust Nelson and Marquinhos to do a job when called upon. Juventus is in trouble a whole lot of currently. If we can take advantage of their plight to sign Vlahovic, there would be no need for Gakpo or Mudryk

      1. Yup. Jesus would be able to rotate with the new CF and our LWs

        If we can’t sign a dominant CF like Vlahovic, Moukoko could be an alternative. The German could rotate with our CFs and RWs

      2. Vlahovic rejected us once and made bad public comments against us, what about the new hero in town, Goncalo Ramos

  5. This news slightly weakens our hand in negotiations with clubs to sign their players, however in terms of Mudryk I still think can get him for a reasonable price, Shakhtar might actually need the money, especially with everything going on in the country, however Gakpo will be harder to prise out of PSV as they will ask for crazy money when you factor in his goal output over last/this season is very good and the World Cup so far too.

    In the meantime it is over to Eddie to step up now prove his doubters wrong.

  6. Guys can excuse the mudryk fantasy and simulate with players we have, I honestly believe we can’t afford him, cos by January the big super clubs will be on him, which will trigger his price up there….

    Let’s concentrate on our christmas fixture congested games.

    To fans… our eyes/view we want martineli play top nine while ESR play from the wings

    But I think Mikel will likely stick his guns with Nketia (he is english) playing martineli ahead of him upfront will further render him useless in our cup games, I mean he is a £90k per week player!

    Which every way, we must grind out a win against the hammers come boxing day …..

    When January comes……we roll out tanks in the market

  7. Off topic: Congratulations to all our players who made it through to the knockouts, special mentions for Martinelli and Xhaka, who always performs for Switzerland anyway, on the other hand Partey was shocking last night, I watched his performance like a hawk and he was jogging around at points in the game, that level of effort Arteta would not accept that for sure

  8. The use of the word “devastating” is, when correctly used, a massive setback. However, it transpires that Jesus already had a knee injury when playing for us, which did not prevent him playing, but that we were not informed about.

    I have to wonder how true is the use of DEVASTATING” in this latest news update , given that he will now have two weeks complete rest from playing while this tainted WC continues and given that he needs a full month. That would equate to him missing two weeks with us. And still 23 days left til our next Prem game.
    So, a minor setback, yes, but is it really “devastating” OR is it , as I BELIEVE , yet another example of JA ADMIN HYPE and vast overstatement?

    I know which I believe, though time will tell! I factor into my thinking, that only a naive fan could ever even have envisaged the highly physical and driven JESUS, ever going through a whole season uninjured. REALITY!!

    1. Yes Jon. I agree with you. Your last paragraph is key. The way Jesus gets into tackles and the way he forces centre backs into mistakes mean that he was going to be injured at some point in the season.

      What brings me joy is the fact that we have goals across the pitch. Other players are stepping up.

      If Nketiah is going to play in the event of an injury to Gabriel Jesus, he has to show that desire. He has to press more and put in the right shift.

      I may be wrong in my judgemnet of Nketiah though. But I do feel Nketiah has this laid back attitude. Like he has nothing to prove.

      Like he has nothing to prove.

  9. Jesus injury has much to do about nothing, this little strain could be a blessing in disguise.

    Further more i have seen countless occasions where players return from injury much sooner than the date predicted.
    We will not revert to square pegs in round holes, wingers remain winger and striker remain as they were, if Jesus unable to play before the West Ham game, Eddie should play..

    It’s as simple as that no need to lose a minute sleep yet.

  10. Hmmm. This latest knee injury suffered to Gabriel Jesus. The Arsenal team lead striker by the Cameroun Indomitable Lions at the ongoing Qarta World Cup is unfortunate. And could potentially turned out to be very serious for Arsenal. Who are currently sitting on top of the Epl table vying to win the title this season. After playing 14 games before the League campaign paused for the Qarta 2022 World Cup tournament.
    Very serious in the sense of the general top quality performance which GJ brings to the game in the Epl for Arsenal could be missing. Thus, leading to problem for Arsenal in their next 5 Epl matches when the League resumed.
    But notwithstanding, I believe Arteta will not panic and he shouldn’t panic at all for that matter because of the injury that GJ has picked at the WC while playing for his Country Brazil.
    And as a result of the sad happening, Edu Gaspar the Arsenal Sporting Director and the Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta should not contemplate altering their incoming next January transfer window plans to start panic buying any top striker at the neXT January transfer window market for Arsenal.
    But rather for to their doing that, the pair Arsenal Chieftains should first trust the other options that are in the team to step it up. And then have the beliefs in them to come good for Arsenal in their next 5 Epl Christmas and New Year fixtures to win them all when the League resumes playing after the WC break before the injured GJ recovers to return to action for Arsenal.

  11. Let’s hope Jesus won’t have a serious injury and miss many games for Arsenal. Otherwise, without quality up top and in attack our 5 point lead will shrink quickly.

    I’d rather see Martinelli as striker and ESR on LW than Nketiah as starting striker.

  12. F me, I despise the world flop

    waste of time

    fiFa gonna pay, nope
    Brazil gonna pay, nope

    Knew some $h*Te was going to happen to one of our players, of course it had to be our most valuable striker.

    Out 3 months, there goes the title run!

  13. I believe Marti can play as CF, and we can use anyone else on the left side while switching between them during the game.
    At some point, Jesus did that, and he created some chances for the right-side players (Saka).

    Apart from Gakpa, I will vote for Embolo as a good option for CF.

  14. Off course we have martineli but from my side mudryy should came, because you can’t no how things will go in this second premier league season so let’s director Edu do something on that guy

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