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Mikel Arteta hints at how Arsenal will handle Gabriel Jesus blow

Gabriel Jesus, Arsenal
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With the January transfer window approaching, Arsenal got a decision to make after losing their star striker.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has said the club will ‘look at the options’ after Gabriel Jesus’ injury setback.

The 25-year-old striker is out of Brazil’s World Cup squad upon undergoing surgery on a knee injury, which he sustained in the Selecao’s 1-0 defeat to Group G foes Cameroon last week.

According to various unconfirmed reports, Jesus may face up to three months on the sidelines. If that’s the case, it will come as a major blow for Arsenal, considering the Brazilian’s impact on their impressive form this season.

“What it affects is who we are as a team because he gives us so much,” Arteta said about Jesus’ knee injury. 

“So what we can do after that, when we know the timescale [of his recovery] and when we can have him back, we will look at the options and try to make the right decision.

“I feel like my squad is really good. Unfortunately, we’ve had injuries, and we will try to see what we can do to be strong. We have players, we have a lot of accompanying players. [The question is] do we have the players that can give us the performances and the consistency that we need to maintain and improve from where we are?”

Jesus has managed five goals and seven assists in 20 appearances across all competitions for Arsenal since his €52.2 million summer arrival from Manchester City.

The Premier League leaders resume their campaign at home to West United on Boxing Day.