Arsenal took a huge stride towards qualifying for the Champions League knockout stages on Tuesday night by beating Sevilla away from home.
Defeat in Lens on Matchday 2 rendered the latest continental bout a big one in the context of Group B, and the Gunners initially struggled to get a foothold in the game against a wily Sevilla outfit.
However, the contest fittingly turned with the sharpest of Gabriel Jesus sequences which created Gabriel Martinelli’s opener. Jesus then took it upon himself to double Arsenal’s lead in the second half with a wonderful individual effort, although Sevilla quickly burst the Gunners’ bubble by scoring at the other end.
The visitors were then forced to grind out an imperative three points, but grind they did. Stellar defensive showings from Declan Rice, Takehiro Tomiyasu, and the centre-backs ensured Arsenal held out in the dying embers. It was a huge win, but Arsenal also departed Seville with one or two injury concerns.
Arsenal injury updates after big win over Sevilla
Jesus was absolutely sensational on Tuesday night. The forward has endured a rather frustrating start to the campaign, but this was him at his majestic best. Delivering two decisive moments, Jesus was the primary reason why Arsenal won on Tuesday night.
However, the striker wasn’t able to complete the contest after pulling up in the second half. He was withdrawn, and Mikel Arteta confirmed post-match that Jesus “felt something in his hamstring”.
The boss cast quite a gloomy outlook regarding the injury, but the player himself was much more optimistic.
“I felt something. Let’s see. I did some tests with the physio, it looks not that big, but let’s see,” Jesus told reporters after the game. “I have a scan, maybe tomorrow. I’m pretty sure it will be nothing.”
The initial expectation is that Jesus’ hamstring injury is nothing to be particularly concerned about, although Arteta will be cautious given the player’s recent woes. The Brazilian has missed plenty of time since joining the club with knee problems.
With a dire Sheffield United coming to town at the weekend, Arteta might not necessarily need Jesus considering a much tougher encounter awaits the Gunners the following week when they travel to Newcastle.
Bukayo Saka also took a knock but escaped injury-free, while Thomas Partey missed the game with a “muscle injury” he reportedly picked up in training on Monday. We don’t know how long the midfielder will be out of action.