Mikel Arteta provides Gabriel Jesus injury update after Arsenal’s 4-0 thumping of Chelsea

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Knock: Gabriel Jesus was forced off against Chelsea  (Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
Knock: Gabriel Jesus was forced off against Chelsea (Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Mikel Arteta says Arsenal simply did not want to take any risks with Gabriel Jesus’ fitness after the forward picked up a knock during the 4-0 win over Chelsea.

The club’s marquee summer signing has enjoyed a brilliant start to life as an Arsenal player, scoring four goals in as many games after his £45m move from Manchester City.

A deft chip over Edouard Mendy set Arteta’s side on their way to a big win over their London rivals but concern emerged when Jesus signalled to the bench just before the hour mark.

The 25-year-old was swiftly replaced by Eddie Nketiah, although any injury to Jesus would be a major blow.

Arsenal play only one more preseason game when they host Sevilla in the Emirates Cup before their Premier League opener, a trip to Crystal Palace to kick the campaign off.

Speaking after the game in Orlando, Arteta said of Jesus: “He got a knock in the first half in his quad I think it was and it wasn’t very comfortable to continue and obviously we didn’t take any risks today.”

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