Michael Owen sends ominous warning to Arsenal over Gabriel Jesus injury
The retired striker knows all about hamstring injuries.
The Brazilian was named Man of the Match at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium on Tuesday night after playing a starring role in both of the Gunners’ goals in a hard-fought 2-1 victory.
Jesus produced a magical touch in first-half stoppage time before releasing Gabriel Martinelli to open the scoring and then, shortly after the restart, netted a stunning strike of his own to double Arsenal’s lead.
Sevilla hit back not long after from a corner and the north Londoners were forced to dig in, with Jesus defending tirelessly from the front.
But late in the match he seemed to over-stretch when challenging for the ball and went down clutching his hamstring before limping off the pitch to be replaced by Eddie Nketiah in the 81st minute.
Although there is cautious optimism that the injury is not too serious, Owen – who was no stranger to hamstring injuries in his playing days – believes Jesus will need to skip at least this weekend’s match against Sheffield United, and potentially longer.
‘The bottom line is, if you’re holding your hamstring and go down and you limp off and you have to come off, you’re not playing again in the next few days, put it that way,’ said the former Liverpool striker on TNT Sports.
‘The minimum that that is going to be is sort of a week to 10 days you would think. So as much as we hear it’s not serious, it’s still not the best of sights.
‘They have got people to come in, of course, but he created a couple of moments of absolute magic today so you want him in your squad fit and firing. Thankfully we hear it’s not a bad one.’
Manager Mikel Arteta appeared to be concerned by Jesus’ injury and the fact he could not continue playing and says he will be assessed in the coming days.
Asked if Jesus’ substitution was just a precaution, Arteta told TNT Sports: ‘No, he felt something in his hamstring, so let’s see.’
Probed on whether the injury will now need to be assessed, he replied: ‘Well he asked straight away to be subbed, which is not good news because Gabi is not a player who does that at all. So we have to wait and see in the next few days.’
In his press conference, Arteta added: ‘Big games are for big players. He needed to produce those moments to win in a stadium like this. He’s done it for us in a really big way. Then, really sad because he felt something in his hamstring and I’m worried about that.’
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