'I'm worried': Rio Ferdinand says something about Arsenal is really concerning him now
Rio Ferdinand has admitted that he’s “worrying” for Arsenal in wake of the long-term injury to Gabriel Jesus.
The England legend gave his thoughts on the matter on his YouTube show Vibe with FIVE.
Jesus has been sensational for Arsenal since joining from Manchester City in the summer.
Mikel Arteta had been crying out for a new No. 9 to lead the Gunners line, and Jesus was just the player.
Sadly, the Brazil international is now on the sidelines after undergoing surgery for a knee injury.
A report from Goal revealed that he suffered a meniscus and a partial collateral ligament injury in his right knee.
This is expected to keep him out of action for as long as three months.
Jesus’ injury leaves Arsenal short up front again, with Eddie Nketiah the only fit senior striker at Arteta’s disposal.
The Gunners are top of the Premier League table, but other clubs will surely fancy their chances now.
And Ferdinand worries that Arsenal’s title hopes could diminish now that Jesus is on the sidelines.
During a World Cup special edition of his FIVE YouTube show, Ferdinand said: “I’m worrying for Arsenal after we go back!
“I’m just saying. Just because of Jesus, that’s all I’m worried about.”
Pressure beckons for Arteta, Edu and Nketiah
Jesus’ injury means the spotlight will now be on Nketiah to provide the crucial goals from centre-forward.
He took his chance well enough at the tail end of last season, very nearly getting the Gunners into the Champions League.
However, there’s also a chance Arteta could delve into the market to bring in a replacement.
Arsenal cannot have what happened in the second half of 2021-22 happening again.
Hopefully Arsenal will alleviate fans’ fears quickly, be it through Nketiah making an instant goalscoring impact or a high-profile new signing early on in the window.