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Gabriel Jesus gives “perfect” knee update

Gabriel Jesus gives “perfect” knee update

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The Brazilian forward underwent two procedures within nine months, initially sidelining him for three months.

Despite the setbacks, Jesus is optimistic about his future, declaring that his “knee is perfect.”

LONDON, ENGLAND: Gabriel Jesus of Arsenal celebrates after scoring the team's third goal during the UEFA Champions League match between Arsenal FC and PSV Eindhoven at Emirates Stadium on September 20, 2023. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Gabriel Jesus of Arsenal celebrates after scoring the team’s third goal during the UEFA Champions League match between Arsenal FC and PSV Eindhoven at Emirates Stadium on September 20, 2023. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Gabriel Jesus recently spoke about overcoming the knee issues that have marred his time at Arsenal.

The Brazilian striker, who has been a focal point in Arsenal’s attack since transferring from Manchester City, had to endure two surgeries within a period of nine months.

The first operation took place in December following an injury he sustained while representing Brazil at the World Cup in Qatar.

Reflecting on the medical procedures, Jesus said, “My knee is better now.

“It was unlucky. I had to do it [surgery].

“Now I am getting better, my knee is perfect.”

His first surgery led to a three-month absence from the field, affecting his debut season with the Gunners.

Arsenal's Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus celebrates scoring his team's fourth goal during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Emirates Stadium in London on May 28, 2023.(Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)
Arsenal’s Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus celebrates scoring his team’s fourth goal during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Emirates Stadium in London on May 28, 2023.(Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

However, after an initial return to action, Jesus felt discomfort in the same knee, necessitating a second minor surgery in August.

While the challenges of multiple surgeries would likely weigh heavily on any professional athlete, Jesus is optimistic. “Now there is more rhythm. I am going to work on that,” he said.

In the broader context, Jesus’ full recovery comes at a crucial juncture for Arsenal as they made a winning return to the Champions League after a six-year absence and prepare for the North London derby.

His wealth of experience in both competitions, accrued during his time at Manchester City, will prove invaluable as the Gunners look to make an impression on European football’s premier stage as well as domestically.

Despite his knee problems, Jesus has already scored two goals this season in just 108 minutes of action.

Overall, since signing for Arsenal, Jesus has scored 13 and assisted eight in 37 games, averaging a goal or assist every 116 minutes.

At City, his average was a goal or assist every 101.3 minutes.

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