Arteta admits Arsenal may buy replacement for injured striker Gabriel Jesus

Posted Friday, December 09, 2022 by

Arteta admits Arsenal may buy replacement for injured striker Gabriel Jesus

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta admits he may seek to buy a replacement for injured striker Gabriel Jesus.

There are fears his injury could derail any hopes Arsenal have of a sustained title tilt.

Arteta said: "We know that he needed some intervention in the knee and we have to take it day by day, week by week and see where that takes us.

"What it affects is who we are as a team because he gives us so much."

Asked whether it would alter his January planning, Arteta said: "What we can do after that when we know the timescale better and we know when we can have him back we will look at the options and try to make the right decisions.

"I feel my squad is really good, and unfortunately we've had injuries, but we will see what we can do to be stronger."

Brazil forward Gabriel Martinelli could be an option through the middle as a stop-gap, while former England Under-21 striker Eddie Nketiah has scored two goals in two mid-season friendlies this month.

Arteta said: "We look at the squad and see what the options we have with the players we have available.

"There are things we can try, we have the need to do so."

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