Arsenal bring 14 first-team stars to Dubai for warm-weather training as the Premier League leaders prepare to resume the season

ARSENAL add 14 first-team players to their 27-man squad for the Dubai Super Cup as the Premier League leaders prepare to resume their domestic season.

Boss Mikel Arteta’s plans have been overshadowed by Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus, who may be sidelined for three months with a knee injury sustained at the World Cup.

Mikel Arteta has called up 27 players in his Arsenal squad for the Dubai Super Cup, including 14 seniors

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Mikel Arteta has called up 27 players in his Arsenal squad for the Dubai Super Cup, including 14 seniorsPhoto credit: Getty
Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus could be out for three months after suffering a knee injury with Brazil at the World Cup

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Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus could be out for three months after suffering a knee injury with Brazil at the World CupPhoto credit: Getty

But Emile Smith Rowe and Kieran Tierney have shaken off their own fitness woes and are among the big names traveling to the UAE for the Gunners’ warm-weather training session.

Martin Odegaard, Fabio Vieira and Gabriel Magalhaes complete a strong squad that meets Lyon on 8 December and AC Milan five days later.

But the focus is on Jesus, who flies back early to be examined by Arsenal’s own medics.

The £45million summer recruit from Manchester City has already been ruled out for four weeks.

But if his right knee requires surgery, the 25-year-old’s release could be extended by a further two months.

Brazil coach Tite angrily said he was aware of an injury problem in Jesus before putting him in the starting XI in Friday’s 1-0 defeat by Cameroon

Tite said: “I don’t like nasty lies and at no point have we played for a win and risked putting a player at risk.

“Arsenal has a great medical department, Brazil has a great medical department and we are personally responsible and ethical.”

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Jesus’ former Etihad team-mate Oleksandr Zinchenko is in the Gunners’ squad for UAE.

With no Arsenal players left at the World Cup, Arteta has called up several youngsters.

These starlets include three goalies – Karl Hein, Hubert Graczyk and James Hillson.

That’s because England’s Aaron Ramsey is of course still in Qatar and Matt Turner’s USA were only eliminated on Saturday.

https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6837920/arsenal-dubai-super-cup-training/ Arsenal bring 14 first-team stars to Dubai for warm-weather training as the Premier League leaders prepare to resume the season

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