Gabriel Jesus has told Arsenal fans he will be back before they know it after successfully undergoing knee surgery. The Arsenal star posted a picture on his Instagram account after he spent five hours in surgery and vowed to his fans that he would be back to help achieve the targets set for the campaign.
The 25-year-old suffered medial ligament damage in Brazil’s 1-0 World Cup loss to Cameroon, his injury is a massive blow to both club and country and was forced to undergo surgery immediately after, to give himself a good chance of coming back to play at some point this season. Initially it was thought he would be out for only a month, before it was then revealed that surgery would be necessary.
The former Manchester City star has wasted little time in settling into life at north London with the Gunners - his energy, enthusiasm and general feel-good factor has been a lift to the team who have defied odds and channeled their last gasp miss of top four football last season into challenging for the Premier League this season.
They have only lost once in the Premier League and lead champions Manchester City by five points as things stand. The Brazilian striker has scored five Premier League goals but his overall contribution is what marks him out as one of the best modern day centre-forwards in the Premier League.
There is really none better than when it comes to pressing and starting the attack and Mikel Arteta, who worked with him initially at Manchester City when he was assistant manager, opted to bring him to the Emirates this season.
As most professionals will do after encountering a set back, Jesus has left a morale boosting message to his fans to update them on his recovery.
He posted on his instagram: “God is wonderful. I will be back stronger.”
There is hope that he could be back on the pitch by February next year, but he’s certain to miss games against Newcastle, Tottenham and Manchester United, as Arsenal continue their quest to mount a title challenge. Arteta and his team will now have to make a decision on if they have to look within or go out there and look for a new striker who can cover while the Brazilian will be out of action.