Gabriel Jesus Set to Start for Arsenal Against Crystal Palace as Gunners Aim to Bounce Back from Everton Defeat
As per The Telegraph, Gabriel Jesus, who plays as a striker for Arsenal, is expected to be included in the starting lineup for the match against Crystal Palace on Sunday.
Jesus had been out of action for several months due to a knee injury, but has recently made a comeback and played in the team’s victory against Fulham last week, marking his first appearance since the World Cup.
In the Europa League match against Sporting CP on Thursday, Gabriel Jesus, who is 25 years old, started for the first time this year.
He played for 45 minutes before Mikel Arteta substituted him with Leandro Trossard during halftime. The original plan was for Jesus to play for 60 minutes, but injuries to other players in the first half meant that Arteta had to make a quick decision.
Given that Jesus had just returned from a long injury layoff, the team had been carefully managing his comeback.
Therefore, it was a wise decision to take him off earlier than planned to avoid any risk of re-injury.
Despite Arsenal’s elimination from the Europa League, the team’s main focus is on the Premier League title race. Gabriel Jesus’ return to full fitness and match sharpness is a significant boost for the Gunners’ hopes of winning the title.
Last July, Gabriel Martinelli, a fellow Brazilian teammate, praised Jesus, saying that he is “one of the best strikers in the world”. With Jesus’ impressive performances for Arsenal, there is no question about his abilities as a top-quality striker, dispelling any previous doubts that may have existed.
Arsenal is set to face Crystal Palace, a team currently struggling to avoid relegation and who recently fired their manager.
The Eagles decided to part ways with Patrick Vieira after a 12-game winless run at the club, which included three consecutive defeats, the latest of which was a 1-0 loss to Brighton on Wednesday.
Given Arsenal‘s recent loss to Everton, the team will be keen to avoid a similar fate against another relegation-battling team with a new manager in charge. The memory of the Everton defeat is likely to be fresh in their minds, and they will work hard to ensure a different outcome in their upcoming match against Crystal Palace.