Arsenal have been handed an unexpected boost as striker Gabriel Jesus has now returned to training earlier than expected.
The Brazil star underwent surgery on a previous knee injury in between the end of pre-season and the Community Shield, and was previously not expected to return until after the September International break.
However, he has now surprised everyone by returning to training with the rest of the squad ahead of Saturday’s clash against Fulham, but it is not yet clear whether he will be able to play any part yet.
Arsenal then face Manchester United next Sunday before the international break, and it would be a massive boost to have him back for what could be a tough game.
Fabrizio Romano has confirmed that Jesus is back, whilst Sky Sports News have also released a video of him in training with his teammates, but it still remains unclear how much he got involved with the more physical drills.
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Jesus’ importance to Arsenal
Whilst Arsenal do have a lot of attacking depth in Kai Havertz, Eddie Nketiah and Leandro Trossard, Jesus is one of the best and most important players in the squad.
His injury last season came during the World Cup after a stunning start to the campaign, and it took him some time to gain match fitness upon his return.
He did look sharp during pre-season, making his setback all the more frustrating, but there will now be excitement over what he can now bring to the team in the coming weeks.
His teammate Oleksandr Zinchenko, who made the move from Manchester City in the same summer as him, described Jesus as “incredible,” and there is no doubt that when he is fully fit and firing, he is one of the best strikers in the world.