Mikel Arteta says that Gabriel Jesus is a doubt for Arsenal’s trip to Leeds after the striker missed the trip to Norway to face Bodo/Glimt on Thursday.
The Brazilian was involved in a couple of heavy collisions during the game, and while his absence from the Europa League was precautionary, his participation in the game at Elland Road is not assured.
Speaking ahead of the game, but in the immediate aftermath of the final whistle on Thursday night, Arteta said, “I don’t know, obviously he has some discomfort after the game against Liverpool and that’s why we decided not to bring him, so let’s see how he is tomorrow and Saturday.”
The players will be assessed today having arrived back in London on Friday afternoon, giving the manager barely 24 hours to prepare for what is going to be an intense away game.
Arteta believes his side can cope however, saying, “I think so, but last year it was incredible – even when we were winning 3-0 that crowd is something that I’ve never seen before, and you can sense that.
“Every time I watch them and I’ve seen some games already and you can hear the noise, so we know how it’s going to be.”