When Gabriel Jesus insisted that he did not request to be replaced during Arsenal’s Champions League victory over Sevilla, it seemed to contradict Mikel Arteta.
After assisting Gabriel Martinelli in the opening goal during first-half stoppage time, the Brazilian forward gave Arsenal a 2-0 lead in the 53rd minute. Five minutes later, Nemanja Gudelj cut the lead in half, but it was too late to prevent the Gunners from winning the game at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. Jesus was eventually replaced by Eddie Nketiah in the 81st minute, though, as the striker experienced hamstring pain while vying for a loose ball.
Jesus, however, insisted that he “never wants to go out” and denied having requested to be replaced. The Brazilian responded when asked about his injury: “Well, let’s see. Finished? To be honest, I was quite exhausted. But you know, I never want to leave the house. Naturally, I always respect the manager’s decisions, but sadly, this was not the case. Let’s examine the injury, nevertheless.
The 26-year-old attacker hopes the scan results will be good because he doesn’t think the injury is serious. “I tested with the physio, and it doesn’t seem that huge. But wait and see. In the coming days, perhaps tomorrow or the day after, I have a scan; we’ll see how it goes. However, I’m rather certain it won’t matter,” he continued.
In Arsenal’s upcoming Premier League game against Sheffield United, it is uncertain if Arteta will risk Jesus.