The Brazilian continued his fine form with another goal, unleashing an onslaught that opened the scoring in the 15th minute, but had to leave the field early in the second half with an injury.
Arteta has now revealed that Jesus wounded him in the opening stanza and took him away just in case. Speaking to the press after the game, he said (via Arsenal.com):
“Yes, he was knocked out in the first half of his fourth round, I think so and it’s not very comfortable to carry on and glad we didn’t take any risks today. “
The 25-year-old limped in the 57th minute in place of Eddie Nketiah in a big hit for them. Although the Gunners scored two more after his departure, it raised concerns ahead of their final pre-season game.
After further medical examination we will get a clearer picture of his condition and how long he will be sidelined.
Arsenal face Sevilla at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday in the final friendly of the summer before opening the Premier League scoreline against Crystal Palace on August 5.
Jesus could miss that, or if unfit, could just come on off the bench.
On a brighter note, it’s four goals in as many games for the Brazilian. He has had a promising start to the north London side after joining a £45m transfer from Manchester City.
In addition to his goal last night, Jesus also scored a brace on his debut in their 5-3 win over Nurnberg, followed by a strike in Arsenal’s 0-2 loss to Everton.
Arsenal make another statement with Chelsea
Arsenal have been in fine form ahead of this season, winning all four of their games before this, but have taken it a step further by coming up against the London rivals.
Jesus, along with Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka and Albert Sambi Lokonga, all aim to beat Chelsea by 4 in the biggest win of their pre-season campaign.
The Gunners have ramped up from strength to strength this summer, with their new star, Jesus in particular, showing signs of stabilizing, all of which ignite hopes for the new season.