Arsenal secured a statement 3-1 victory over Liverpool on Sunday afternoon without number nine Gabriel Jesus.
With Jesus once again bothered by a knee injury, the Brazilian missed out at the weekend with Kai Havertz utilised up top against the Reds and producing a fine display.
Mikel Arteta opted for a similar ploy which spooked Jurgen Klopp in the FA Cup tie, with Havertz deployed almost as a dual #10 alongside Martin Odegaard, with one of the two so often left spare in between Liverpool's defensive lines.
Havertz's performance meant Jesus wasn't missed on Sunday, but supporters will undoubtedly be keen for the Brazilian forward, who starred last week in the win over Nottingham Forest, to return to action as soon as possible.
How many games will Gabriel Jesus miss with latest injury setback?
Jesus has been plagued by knee injuries ever since he tore his ACL at the 2022 World Cup. The striker underwent a couple of minor surgeries in 2023, but they have not resolved the issue.
After missing a big chunk of his debut campaign as a result of the ACL tear, various knee setbacks have seen the former Man City forward miss 11 games this season.
Arteta confirmed ahead of the Liverpool game that his striker had been dealing with "some fluid on the knee" earlier in the week, but he was determined to play against Forest. The boss then said that a "setback in training" had ruled him out of the Reds' visit. It's believed that Jesus' latest issue was sustained in the final first-team training session ahead of Sunday's bout.
While Arteta is hopeful that Jesus' injury will only keep him out for the short term, the Brazilian's persistent issues mean many are wondering whether the Gunners can rely on the striker moving forward.
The boss will undoubtedly want Jesus available for the start of Arsenal's Champions League knockout campaign away at Porto on 21 February. Premier League bouts at West Ham and Burnley are next up for the north Londoners. As it stands, there is no information as to whether Jesus will be available for Sunday's trip to the London Stadium.