ARSENAL will be sweating over Gabriel Jesus’ fitness.
That’s with the crocked striker reportedly in line to START for Brazil against Argentina.
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Jesus, 26, missed the first three games of the season with a knee injury.
He then picked up a hamstring problem in October’s win at Sevilla.
And Jesus is yet to make an appearance since, with the Gunners targeting a return to action in December.
But despite his fitness woes, Jesus still flew out for international duty with Brazil this week.
The ex-Manchester City star is being analysed by Samba fitness experts.
And Globo Esporte now claims he is set to start in Tuesday’s crunch World Cup qualifier against fierce rivals Argentina.
Boss Fernando Diniz is already without Neymar Jr, who picked up an ACL injury playing for new Saudi club Al-Hilal last month.
He suffered another blow in yesterday’s 2-1 defeat to Colombia when Vinicius Jr hobbled off.
The Real Madrid man has picked up a thigh problem and will return to Spain for treatment.
It means Brazil are light in attack as they prepare to do battle against the World Cup holders.
And if deemed fit by medics, Jesus is set to start up top in a front three with Real’s Rodrygo and Arsenal teammate Gabriel Martinelli.
Other options for Brazil include Brighton’s Joao Pedro and soon-to-be Real whizkid Endrick.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta will surely be watching the drama unfold with bated breath.
He previously warned against setting Jesus a deadline to return, instead giving the forward all the time he needs to regain fitness.
Should Jesus pick up a fresh problem or aggravate a former issue, it could even spur Arteta on to sign a new striker in January, with Brentford’s Ivan Toney top of the list.