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‘I don’t know’ – Mikel Arteta reveals Arsenal injury worry ahead of Liverpool clash



Liverpool will go head-to-head with Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon and Gabriel Jesus is a doubt for the Gunners..

Mikel Arteta has admitted Gabriel Jesus is a doubt for Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.

The Brazilian forward has endured his fair share of injury issues since moving to the north London club in July 2022, often aggravating the same knee problem that has kept him sidelined for extended periods. Jesus was not certain to feature in the Gunners’ game at Nottingham Forest yesterday evening, particularly after taking another blow to his heavily bandaged knee at the weekend, though battled through the pain to play.

The 26-year-old got on the scoresheet in his side’s 2-1 win at Forest, though Arteta has revealed his decision to start the ex-Manchester City man may have come at a cost ahead of his team’s upcoming Liverpool meeting.

“Gabi started to win the game two days ago,” said the Arsenal boss after the game. “He had an issue with his knee and everyone was trying to protect him and saying don’t go outside. But he was saying (matchday) -2, (matchday) -1: ‘I want to be there I want to help the team to win the game’. When you have that mentality, good things are going to happen. I’m really pleased with him.

“I don’t know [if he’ll be fit],” he said regarding the forward’s availability for Sunday’s showdown. “He got hit big time in the last game. His knee reacted and it’s the knee he had [surgery on] before. He was super positive, he’s feeling good and he was so sharp in training. I’m not surprised with the way he played tonight.”

Arsenal’s victory has ensured they moved back to within two points of Liverpool, though Jurgen Klopp’s side have the opportunity to re-establish their healthy advantage when Chelsea make the trip Anfield on Wednesday evening.

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