Arsenal fans fearful with Gabriel Jesus ‘ruled out of World Cup’ for Brazil

Arsenal fans have been left fearful of their Premier League title hopes after Gabriel Jesus was ruled out of the World Cup for Brazil.

The striker made his first start of the tournament in the Selecao’s 1-0 defeat to Cameroon on Friday, before being subbed off. But the Arsenal talisman discovered pain in his knee soon after being taken off which has now seen his World Cup campaign end prematurely.

Brazilian outlets report that Jesus is out for three to four weeks, while Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano suggested it is more serious, with the 25-year-old expected back in January.

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News of Jesus’ injury has been met with huge disappointment by Arsenal fans, who are concerned about him missing the first few fixtures after the Premier League restart in December. They include a crucial Boxing Day clash with West Ham followed by Brighton away on New Year’s Eve.

One Arsenal fan wrote on Twitter: “Why does this always happen to us? We need to buy ST in January.”

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Another tweeted: “Lord!!! Please Take my knee instead” while a third added:” Oh f*** sake just what we need what a joke.”

Others chimed in by saying: “Ugh. Just our luck” and “We are doomed if the only available option up front is [Eddie] Nketiah…”

It comes at a crucial time for Mikel Arteta’s side, who are currently five points clear in the Premier League. Jesus has played a huge part in the Gunners’ ascent this season with his silky dribbling and link-up play despite suffering a recent goal drought.

Arteta currently lacks a like-for-like replacement for the Brazilian but could resort to starting Eddie Nketiah up-front. Arsenal could be forced into action in the January transfer window depending on the severity of Jesus’ injury, though Arteta has been known for his reluctance to make mid-season signings.

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