Gabriel Jesus will be sidelined during Arsenal’s game against Monaco in the Emirates Cup due to a knee issue.
The 26-year-old forward has been in excellent form during pre-season, but his absence will be a concern for manager Mikel Arteta, especially with the Community Shield against Manchester City just four days away.
In Jesus’ absence, Eddie Nketiah will lead the attack for Arsenal, with Folarin Balogun also unavailable due to injury.
The front-three will feature Gabriel Martinelli and Fabio Viera alongside Nketiah, while Bukayo Saka and Leandro Trossard will start on the bench.
Declan Rice is set to make his first appearance at the Emirates Stadium, partnering with Emile Smith Rowe and Thomas Partey in midfield.
Arsenal fans will have the chance to see Jurrien Timber in action on home soil for the first time, as he starts at right-back.
The defensive line will be composed of William Saliba, Jakub Kiwior, and Takehiro Tomiyasu, with Aaron Ramsdale in goal. New signing Kai Havertz will be on the bench for this match.
The club confirmed that Jesus has a knee issue and will be assessed, hoping it won’t be as serious as his previous injury that kept him out for over three months last season.
If his absence prolongs, Arsenal may consider retaining Balogun, who has garnered interest from Inter Milan and other Premier League clubs after an impressive 23-goal season with Reims.
Despite not reaching the goal tally he may have wanted last season, Jesus made significant contributions to Arsenal’s gameplay with his skills on and off the ball.
Arteta praised him for his energy, belief, and ability to create chaos on the pitch, making his teammates better players.
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Arteta is looking forward to a highly competitive frontline, with several options available, and he expects them to push each other to perform at their best.