A pair of noteworthy updates stemming from the latest press conference held by Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta have come to the fore late on Thursday.
For those not aware, Arsenal were back in action a short time ago.
Amid ongoing efforts to maintain fitness across the club’s squad ahead of their return to Premier League action, the Gunners played out their first fixture at the Dubai Super Cup.
A dominant display, featuring strikes from all of Gabriel Magalhaes, Eddie Nketiah and Fabio Vieira, ultimately culminated in Arteta and co. putting Olympique Lyonnais to the sword by three goals to nil.
Post-match, though, it was the names of a pair of Arsenal stars to have played no part in the club’s pre-season triumph who took their place centre stage in Mikel Arteta’s press conference.
First up was Emile Smith Rowe, sidelined long-term owing to a groin injury.
The latest update on the midfielder’s wellbeing, in turn, will come as welcome news to Gunners supporters across the globe:
“With Emile, he has returned to training & he’s in that process after rehab, after a period where he had some real discomfort. We are giving him time - he’s getting closer & closer, so hopefully in the next few weeks, we’ll be able to see him.”
Arteta was then drawn on the situation of Gabriel Jesus, too expected to be out of action for the foreseeable future owing to a knee injury suffered whilst at the World Cup with Brazil.
The news on the hitman, though, proved of an altogether less positive nature.
“We know that he needed some intervention in the knee. We’ll have to take it day by day, week by week & see [where] it takes us.”
On the possibility of Arsenal dipping into the January transfer market to replace Jesus, Arsenal’s boss concluded:
“It affects who we are as a team because he gives us so much. What we can do after that, when we know the timescale & when we can have him back, we will look at the options & try to make the right decision.”