Gabriel Jesus has been a revelation since joining Arsenal with his goal against Brentford his seventh goal contribution in as many matches since joining the club. However, the Gunners may soon be forced to adapt without their star striker.
Jesus picked up a yellow card in Arsenal’s 3-0 victory in west London – the fourth time he has received a booking this season. That means that the 25-year-old is now only one yellow card away from being handed a one-game suspension.
Only Joao Palhinha on Fulham has received more yellow cards than Jesus, with Arsenal set to face Tottenham next in their first fixture after the international break. In what is often a feisty affair, if Jesus receives a booking against Spurs, he will miss Arsenal’s vital clash against Liverpool on October 9.
Jesus would have to not pick up a yellow card in any of Arsenal’s next 12 league matches if he is to avoid a one-match ban, which seems unlikely given the rate he’s picked them up at so far. It is not until each respective club’s 19th league match of the season that the threshold to receive a ban is lifted from five cards to 10.
If the Brazilian does get suspended, it is likely Eddie Nketiah will come in and replace him for one match, and the 23-year-old has been questioned by former Gunners striker Kevin Campbell.