The shining star of the first-half of the current season, Gabriel Jesus, who hasn’t played for Arsenal since the 2022 World Cup, is all set to return. The Gunners are aiming to have him back in time for the vital end-of-season stretch as they continue their pursuit of the Premier League title.
After undergoing weeks of rehabilitation for a knee injury he acquired at the Qatar World Cup, the Brazilian has been moving closer to making a comeback.
Prior to his injury, Jesus had established himself as an important player for Arteta’s team, scoring five goals and dishing out five assists in 14 Premier League matches.
Meanwhile, Eddie Nketiah has demonstrated his ability to be a reliable Jesus backup option, but he has now gone five games without scoring for the league leaders.
Jesus has posted several encouraging updates on his progress on social media as he gets closer to making a return. Moreover, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has supplied numerous updates on his recovery.
Mikel Arteta comments on progress of Jesus
When asked how Jesus is doing, the Gunners manager said: “Doing really well!”
“He’s on the pitch, he’s been doing quite a lot of work on the ball already and so far his rehab is going well.”
When the Arsenal head coach was asked about an expected return date for the forward, Arteta added:
“Unfortunately no. Ask the doctor maybe he’ll give you one!”
Although there has been no official timescale being put forward by the North London club, but as per his current recovery progress he is expected to return in March.
Meanwhile, many Arsenal fans believe that the 25-year-old will return to full training by the end of this month. If this happens, it will be a major boost for the Gunners as they look to increase their lead at the top of the table.