Gabriel Jesus' likely Arsenal return game revealed with Mikel Arteta set for selection headache


Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus is on the comeback trail.

In a huge and somewhat unexpected boost on Thursday morning, the Brazil international was spotted in full training with his Gunners teammates for the first time since undergoing a minor knee operation at the beginning of the month that has seen him miss the start of the new season.

"Unfortunately he had a little procedure this morning," Mikel Arteta said when asked about Jesus. "He's had some discomfort in his knee that caused him some issues so they had to go in. He's going to be out for a few weeks. It is 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. It's something related to the previous injury he had and the surgery. He had some irritation in the knee and we had to get it resolved."

Arteta then followed this up with a positive update on Jesus. In fact, when speaking ahead of Arsenal's Community Shield penalty shootout win over Manchester City, the Spaniard once again made the point that he did not expect the 26-year-old to be sidelined for too long.

"He's fine. He's obviously disappointed because he was feeling good and then this issue came up that nobody expected,"he said. "We had to do a little procedure there but unfortunately, it was the best thing to do and the quicker the better. We made that decision. I’m sure he will be back soon and very fit."

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With Jesus returning to full training with the senior squad ahead of this weekend's clash against Fulham, naturally, the discussion amongst the Gunners' fanbase is likely to centre around whether the striker will be considered for selection, potentially making the 20-man matchday squad at the very least.

Alternatively, it could be that the Brazilian doesn't feature at all on Saturday and instead is held back eight days for Manchester United's visit to the Emirates Stadium in what many observers have described as Arsenal's first big test of the season as they are coming up against a side that also finished in the top-four last term.

Having said that, whilst Jesus' lay-off was only short-term, it should be noted that Arteta does have a history of adopting a cautious approach with players returning from injuries and therefore could wait until after the international break against Everton to unleash the striker on the Premier League, especially as he's not been called up by Tite for Brazil's World Cup qualifiers against Bolivia and Peru.

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