Mikel Arteta has confirmed that Gabriel Jesus has not travelled to Norway for tomorrow night’s clash with Bodo/Glimt.
The Gunners can take a big step towards qualification for the knockout stages of the Europa League with a win but have decided the Brazilian deserves a breather following his efforts on Sunday and with Leeds coming up next weekend.
Jesus took a heavy blow to the face in a clash with Liverpool’s Kostas Tsimikas and required lengthy treatment before winning the penalty that Bukayo Saka converted to seal a 3-2 win. It’s understood that he passed all the necessary on-field concussion protocols at the time.
“We thought that with everything he’s been through in the last few weeks it was better that he stayed at home,” Arteta told his pre-game press conference.
The boss wouldn’t be drawn on other absentees although it is believed fellow summer signing Oleksandr Zinchenko is another not to make the trip.
The Ukraine international has been in and out of the side with a calf problem since joining in August.
“A few players that were injured,” said Arteta when pressed for more details on absentees. “You will find out tomorrow, I can’t give you everything.”
Matt Smith, Catalin Cirjan, Bradley Ibrahim and Khayon Edwards trained with the first team today and could be included on the bench.
Mo Elneny and Emile Smith Rowe are the club’s only long-term injury concerns.