Eddie Nketiah is sure he’ll be able to help the team in Gabriel Jesus’ absence, though he admits Arsenal will miss the Brazilian.
There’s no timeframe on Gabriel Jesus’ injury as it stands, but the Arsenal striker is expected to miss at least a couple of months after undergoing surgery on his knee.
Arsenal have some big games during that period, including a north London derby away from home, and a visit from Manchester United. You’d imagine Jesus will also be a doubt for Manchester City’s visit to the Emirates Stadium on February 15th.
In his place, Eddie Nketiah is expected to start, having renewed his contract with the Gunners over the summer.
Discussing the situation, Nketiah admitted the injury has given him a chance to help the team and show what he can do.
“Of course, it is an opportunity for myself,” Nketiah said. “These things happen in football, unfortunately, so you’ve just got to be ready for the moment when it comes.
“I have been working hard, I’ve been working hard all season and I’m sure when I get the opportunity I’ll be able to come in and help the team.
“I spoke to him [Jesus] and wished him a speedy recovery. It is never nice to see anyone miss a World Cup and also for us as a team he is a big player, we are going to miss him. We are all behind him.”
Nketiah is making a positive impression in Arsenal’s mid-season break fixtures, scoring against Watford and Lyon in their two matches so far.
The Gunners take on AC Milan on Tuesday and Juventus on Saturday, and Nketiah will be looking for another goal or two to keep that momentum going before competitive club football returns on Boxing Day.