Mikel Arteta has confirmed that Gabriel Jesus will miss Arsenal’s Europa League trip to Bodo/Glimt on Thursday.
Jesus, 25, missed training ahead of the crucial match in Group A of the competition.
The striker suffered a head injury during Arsenal’s 3-2 win over Liverpool at the weekend after he was caught by an elbow from Kostas Tsimikas.
Head coach Arteta said: “We thought that with everything he has been through in the last few weeks we thought it was better that he was staying there.”
Asked if there’s more of a target now the north London side are top of the Premier League, he added: “I don’t know how other coaches and players approach the games against us.
“Obviously, Gabi is a player that gets involved in a lot of physical contact. It is the way he plays, that is in his nature.
“It is up to the referees to protect the players.”
Jesus signed for Arsenal from Manchester City in the summer transfer window and has had an instant impact on the club, netting five times and assisting the same amount during 11 appearances in all competitions.
Arsenal will be hoping Jesus can return for their Premier League trip to Leeds United this Sunday.
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