Arsenal can today discover whether Jesus needs knee surgery after picking up an injury at the World Cup

Arsenal could TODAY discover whether Gabriel Jesus needs knee surgery after picking up an injury at the World Cup… and a lingering injury could force the Gunners to target a striker in the January transfer window.

Arsenal are sweating over the fate of Gabriel Jesus after the striker returned to London for further tests on the knee ligament damage that ended his World Cup campaign.

The 25-year-old was injured during Brazil’s defeat to Cameroon last week and has been seeing a specialist since returning from Qatar.

It is understood Arsenal are hoping the injury is not too serious, with Brazil initially indicating Jesus could face three months out.

Gabriel Jesus returned to London for further tests on the knee injury that ended his World Cup

Further assessments on Tuesday should give Arsenal a clearer picture of whether the forward needs surgery.

Until then, club sources insist, it is difficult to know definitive timelines – or whether Arsenal will have to look for a replacement in the January transfer window.

Manager Mikel Arteta has been in the US together with sporting director Edu and owner Stan Kroenke.

Arteta and Edu have been in contact with Jesus, but flew to Dubai on Monday, where Arsenal will play matches against Lyon and AC Milan.

Jesus suffered a knee injury while playing for Brazil against Cameroon in the World Cup

Jesus suffered a knee injury while playing for Brazil against Cameroon in the World Cup

Arsenal’s head doctor Gary O’Driscoll has stayed in London to work with Jesus.

The £45million summer signing has been fundamental to Arsenal’s fine season, helping Arteta’s side secure a five-point lead over Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table.

Jesus has started all 14 of their league games, collecting five goals and six assists and taking Arteta’s attack to new heights.

Jesus has been a key player for Arsenal, helping them to the top of the Premier League table

Jesus has been a key player for Arsenal, helping them to the top of the Premier League table

Without him, Eddie Nketiah is the only recognized No.9 in Arsenal’s squad and a long-term injury could force Arsenal to rethink their plans for the January window.

The north London side had been focused on adding a winger, and possibly a central midfielder, to their squad.

They face big games against Manchester United and Tottenham in the first weeks after the World Cup.

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