January 28, 2023

Oleksandr Zinchenko fears Gabriel Jesus will be a ‘BIG MISS’ for Arsenal when their Premier League title challenge resumes with the striker out for up to three months with injury… as he backs the Brazilian ‘warrior’ to bounce back stronger come

Oleksandr Zinchenko claims Gabriel Jesus’ absence through injury will be a “major miss” for the Gunners when they return to domestic action later this month.

Zinchenko, who joined Arsenal from Manchester City in the summer alongside Jesus, believes the striker will be back ‘much, much stronger’ after the injury curtailed his World Cup campaign with Brazil, but he will be missed in the meantime.

Both players have made an instant impact since arriving in North London, although Zinchenko is also currently injured, but was quick to assure fans that he is close to fit.

Oleksandr Zinchenko believes Gabriel Jesus will be a 'big miss' for the Gunners in their title bid

Oleksandr Zinchenko believes Gabriel Jesus will be a ‘big miss’ for the Gunners in their title bid

“I said we are all behind him, we all support him,” the Ukrainian left-back told Sky Sports.

“Obviously it’s a big miss for our team and the impact he’s doing for the club is great.

“I’ve known him for a while – he’s a great warrior and I’m 100% sure he’ll come back much, much stronger.”

After a blistering start in North London, Jesus has endured a difficult period in front of goal, scoring no goals in his last six Premier League appearances.

Both the Ukrainian and Brazilian arrived in north London from Manchester City in the summer

Both the Ukrainian and Brazilian arrived in north London from Manchester City in the summer

Jesus has five goals and seven assists in 10 appearances in all competitions for the Gunners

Jesus has five goals and seven assists in 10 appearances in all competitions for the Gunners

However, he has still proven to be a powerful threat up front, and his work rate and play between players has helped him maintain his place in the squad.

Jesus posed with crutches in a photo posted to Instagram following his successful knee surgery ahead of an extended stay on the sidelines

Jesus posed with crutches in a photo posted to Instagram following his successful knee surgery ahead of an extended stay on the sidelines

In total, the Brazilian has five goals and seven assists to his credit in 20 appearances for the Gunners in all competitions since his arrival in the summer.

But as impressive as Jesus has been in attack, Zinchenko has done well to keep out regular left-back Kieran Tierney, who has been one of Arsenal’s most consistent players at the Emirates in recent seasons.

However, he struggled with injuries in his first months with the Gunners, and as such has made just 11 appearances and contributed one assist, although he makes Arteta’s side tactically smooth when fit.

The Ukrainian is in Dubai with the Arsenal squad as part of their Dubai Super Cup entry, although he didn’t come off the bench against Lyon in their 3-0 win last week.

“You know, I’m a little sore in my muscles, but I’m almost there, so don’t worry about this, obviously I’m also working hard to get my fitness back and to be with the team as soon as possible. he said to Sky.

Zinchenko is himself out with an injury but told fans he is 'almost' in his bid to get fully fit

Zinchenko is himself out with an injury but told fans he is ‘almost’ in his bid to get fully fit

“It’s the worst feeling to be honest… for any footballer to be off the team. And yes, I’ve struggled a lot these past few months, but I hope everything is over already.

“And now I’m totally focused and so excited for the rest of the season.”

Arsenal have been linked with a number of forwards ahead of the January transfer window, namely Joao Felix, Mykhaylo Mudryk and Ferran Torres to bolster their ranks.

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