Arsenal threatens to be without Gabriel Jesus for months. In Brazil's last World Cup group game against Cameroon (1-2), the striker injured his knee and may need surgery on his inner ligament. The Gunners are now considering short-term replacements.
Jesus was sent back to London for further tests and is now expected to be out for months.
Jesus' injury is a major blow to Arsenal's title hopes. The Gunners are currently five points clear at the top of the Premier League, with the 25-year-old already having five goals and six assists in 14 games.
Arsenal are considering bringing Folarin Balogun back from his loan deal at Stade Reims after 90min info. The 21-year-old has made a strong impression in Ligue 1, scoring eight goals in 15 games before the World Cup break. He was loaned to Middlesbrough last season but managed just three goals in 20 games there.
In the current squad only Eddie Nketiah is available as a real number nine. That would probably not be enough for the high goals of the Gunners. They're in better shape in the Premier League than they've been for a long time - and Arsenal are still involved in the cup competitions.
In any case, Arsenal have a clause to bring the England U21 international back early. But the club wants to weigh that up carefully so as not to jeopardize the youngster's development. Balogun is the undisputed regular player in Reims.
Before making a decision, further investigations are awaited by Gabriel Jesus. Should the Brazilian fail, Balogun's recall would be just one of several options.
This article was originally published on 90min.com as Gabriel Jesus out of Arsenal in title race: Gunners consider new striker.