Mikel Arteta says it's impossible for Arsenal to replace Gabriel Jesus
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Mikel Arteta says it's impossible for Arsenal to replace Gabriel Jesus

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta had his say on Gabriel Jesus‘ injury and his options to replace him in the coming weeks.

The Brazilian joined Arsenal in the summer from Manchester City and took the club to a whole new level. He is one of the biggest reasons why the Gunners are on top of the Premier League table, but they’ll have to do without him for a while now.

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Mikel Arteta says it’s impossible for Arsenal to replace Gabriel Jesus

Goal Brazil claimed earlier this month that Jesus suffered a meniscus and a partial collateral ligament injury in his right knee during his country’s game against Cameroon at the World Cup.

The 25-year-old had to undergo surgery as a result, and the outlet revealed he’s set to spend about three months on the sidelines before he can get back to playing for Arsenal.

That is a massive blow for the league leaders, who now have to find a way to replace him. Arteta, however, thinks Jesus is simply irreplaceable.

The Gunners boss told Arsenal.com: “It’s a huge blow for us, obviously. He’s such an important player: he’s brought something very different to the team and it’s impossible to replace him.

“But we have other players, other alternatives and we’ll try to get that sorted. The transfer window is another option.”

“I think [Jesus] is a unique player but Eddie [Nketiah] has incredible qualities as well for the way we want to play. We have other alternatives in that we can play Martinelli up front as well. We are currently a little bit short in terms of upfront positions but getting Emile [Smith Rowe] back is going to be a big one.”

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Arteta’s right, it’s almost impossible to find a player who can do everything Jesus does on a pitch.

The Brazilian is not just a threat in front of goal, but he has the ability to create chances as well. His work rate is up there with the best in the world, and the amount of effort he puts in to get the ball back when Arsenal are without possession is simply incredible.

Although Jesus is irreplaceable, Arteta has to find a way to get his side going without his main man leading the line for at least the next two months. Dipping into the January transfer window could well be an option as well.

It will be interesting to see how Arteta’s men will fare without Jesus leading them from the front.

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