Gabriel Jesus boost, Eddie Nketiah blow – 3 things spotted in Arsenal training ahead of Sporting

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has put his side through their paces ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash with Sporting CP.

The first leg of the round of 16 match ended 2-2 in Lisbon when William Saliba’s opener was quashed by two Sporting goals before a freaky own goal from Hidemasa Morita meant the score would be tied ahead of this week’s game at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners’ final game came on Sunday afternoon when they beat Fulham 3-0 in the Premier League, where four first-team players have resumed after injuries and illnesses.

Star striker Gabriel Jesus, out for over three months with a knee injury, came on as a late substitute at Craven Cottage while Leandro Trossard made a quick return from a groin injury. Both Martin Odegaard and Kieran Tierney were injured in the first leg against Ruben Amorim’s side but recovered in time for the trip to west London.

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Ahead of the much-anticipated clash on Thursday takes a look at three key talking points from recent training pictures released by Arsenal on Tuesday night.

Gabriel Jesus boost

Jesus came into play in the 77th minute of the aforementioned game against Fulham and finally made his long-awaited return as Arsenal supporters cheered his first touches on the pitch. Considering how long the Brazil international’s break has lasted, it wouldn’t have been unusual if he hadn’t trained for a few days while continuing to run at full speed.

Arsenal’s Gabriel Jesus during a training session at London Colney. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)(Image: Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

However, that was not the case on Tuesday. In fact, Jesus was heavily involved in the session, in another image he envisioned himself flying past two teammates and bursting with smiles. It might be too soon for the 25-year-old to start Thursday’s game against Sporting, although he will likely be involved in some way as Arteta looks to get his marquee summer contract back into full fitness for a crucial few months into the season make.

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