Gabriel Jesus has been left out of the Arsenal squad for the Europa League trip to Bodo/Glimt on Thursday, with Mikel Arteta saying he is due for a rest after ‘everything he’s been through in the last few weeks.’ The in-form striker missed training on Wednesday after suffering a couple of knocks during the 3-2 win over Liverpool on Sunday, most notably being caught by an elbow from Kostas Tsimikas.
‘Our selection is based on how we think we’re going to win the game, that’s it,’ Arteta told a press conference on Wednesday. On Jesus he said: ‘With everything he’s been through in the last few weeks, it is better he is staying at home.’
The Brazil international suffered a head injury during Sunday’s 3-2 win over Liverpool at Emirates after he was caught by an elbow from Kostas Tsimikas. The 25-year-old required lengthy statement on the pitch but was eventually able to continue before being replaced by Eddie Nketiah. Jesus has had an instant impact in north London since his arrival from the Premier League champions, scoring five goals and laying on five assists in his 11 appearances this season.
Gabriel Jesus didn’t report for Arsenal training on Wednesday morning. The striker looked to be in some discomfort during the Gunners’ 3-2 home win over Liverpool on Sunday after Kostas Tsimikas caught the Brazilian with a flailing arm in the second half. Though he continued for a while after, he was eventually brought off. There has been a mini meltdown within the Arsenal fanbase over the last couple of days ever since the news broke that Jesus had missed training ahead of the trip to Norway. It has now transpired that he will not be part of the travelling party for Thursday’s game but it seems to be more of a precaution than anything major.
After a hugely impressive win over Liverpool, Arsenal resume their Europa League journey with a trip to Norway where Bodo/Glimt wait for them, so let’s take a look at the latest team news. Getting the better of the Reds over the weekend wasn’t an easy task for the Gunners who have struggled against Jurgen Klopp’s men in the last few years. Aided by that confidence, they will go to Norway looking to add another win to their season.