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Arsenal star playing through the pain ahead of Bayern clash

Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus says he cannot recall playing “without pain” following a litany of injury struggles. 

The Brazilian has only managed to start 19 games this season due to a number of fitness issues that have plagued him not just this year, but since joining the Gunners in 2022.

Jesus is hoping to put his injury woes behind him and help Arsenal during a crucial stage of the campaign as they eye Premier League and European honours.

 

Speaking before Tuesday’s Champions League quarter final first leg against Bayern Munich, he said: “After the World Cup I had that injury in my knee. My recovery was so good and then I had a setback in the pre-season.

“I came back and played three games in a row – and then again the knee. Then in training I had a kick on my knee – this kind of thing. People don’t know this.

“I’m just trying to get fit and help Arsenal as much as I can. Unfortunately, I am having some problems this season. Hopefully next season I don’t have it.

“I don’t remember the last day I played football without pain so I cannot complain. I am just trying to recover in a good way to be ready for next game. I try to keep strong in my mind to help the team and that is it.”

 

Jesus is looking to put his experience to good use as Arsenal return to this stage of the competition for the first time in 14 years.

“If they [team-mates] come to me, I tell them. If I see something I can help them with, I do,” he said.

“But they are not here kids any more. Everyone plays at the biggest stadiums – World Cup, Europe, Premier League. Everyone is here to help Arsenal – and if I can help, I will.”

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