Oleksandr Zinchenko fears Gabriel Jesus will be a “BIG MISS” for Arsenal in their title challenge

Oleksandr Zinchenko fears Gabriel Jesus will be a ‘BIG MISS’ for Arsenal as their Premier League title challenge resumes with the striker facing up to three months out through injury… while backing the Brazilian ‘warrior’ to come back stronger

Oleksandr Zinchenko claims Gabriel Jesus’ absence through injury will be a “big miss” for the Gunners when they return to home action later this month.

Zinchenko, who joined Arsenal from Manchester City alongside Jesus in the summer, believes the striker will be back “much, much stronger” after injury curtailed his World Cup campaign with Brazil, but he will be missed in the meantime.

Both players have made an immediate impact since arriving in north London, although Zinchenko is also currently out injured, but was quick to reassure fans that he is close to match fitness.

Oleksandr Zinchenko believes Gabriel Jesus will be a “big miss” for the Gunners in their title bid

– I already said that we are all behind him, we all support him, the Ukrainian left-back told Sky Sports.

“Obviously it’s a big miss for our team and the impact he’s making for the club is fantastic.

“I’ve known him for a while – he’s a great fighter and I’m 100% sure he’ll come back much, much stronger.”

After a brilliant start to life in north London, Jesus has gone through something of a poor patch in front of goal, without a goal in his last six Premier League appearances.

Both the Ukrainian and the Brazilian arrived in North London from Manchester City in the summer

Both the Ukrainian and the Brazilian arrived in North London from Manchester City in the summer

Jesus has five goals and seven assists in 10 games in all competitions for the Gunners

Jesus has five goals and seven assists in 10 games in all competitions for the Gunners

However, he has still proved a potent threat up front and his work rate and link-up play has seen him retain his place in the side and is proving a key facet of Mikel Arteta’s title-challenging side.

Jesus posed with crutches in a photo on Instagram after his successful knee surgery ahead of a lengthy spell on the sidelines

Jesus posed with crutches in a photo on Instagram after his successful knee surgery ahead of a lengthy spell on the sidelines

In total, the Brazilian has five goals and seven assists in 20 games for the Gunners in all competitions since joining in the summer.

But as effective as Jesus has been in attack, Zinchenko has performed well to keep regular left-back Kieran Tierney out of the team, who has been one of Arsenal’s most consistent performers in recent seasons at the Emirates.

However, he has struggled with injuries in his first few months at the Gunners, and as such has made just 11 appearances and contributed one assist, although he does bring tactical fluidity to Arteta’s side when fit.

The Ukrainian is in Dubai with the Arsenal squad as part of their Dubai Super Cup participation, although he did not come off the bench against Lyon in the 3-0 win last week.

“You know, I have a bit of muscle tightness, but I’m almost there, so don’t worry about it, of course I’m also working hard to get my fitness back and be with the team as soon as I can,” he told Sky.

Zinchenko himself is out with an injury, but told the fans that he is

Zinchenko himself is out injured, but told fans he is “almost there” in his quest for full fitness

“It’s the worst feeling to be fair… for every footballer to be out of the team. And yes, the last couple of months I’ve struggled a lot, but I hope it’s all in the past already.

“And now I’m fully focused and so excited for the rest of the season.”

Arsenal have been linked with a number of strikers ahead of the January transfer window, namely Joao Felix, Mykhaylo Mudryk and Ferran Torres to strengthen their ranks.

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