Gabriel Jesus has returned to Arsenal training after undergoing surgery on a knee issue as the Gunners aim to continue their perfect start to the Premier League campaign

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Mikel Arteta has been handed a huge injury boost after Gabriel Jesus was pictured in training ahead of Arsenal’s game against Fulham this weekend.

Jesus, 26, has been out of action since suffering a knee problem ahead of the Community Shield in July. The forward had to undergo a minor procedure to fix the lingering issue, having spent three months on the sidelines with a medial collateral ligament problem last season.

However, the ex-Manchester City man is closing in on a return to action as he was spotted back with Arteta’s men at London Colney on Thursday morning. Jesus was filmed by Sky Sports taking part in the warm-ups as the Gunners ramped up their preparations for the visit of Fulham.

Jesus would need to make a miraculous recovery to be available to face the Cottagers on Saturday as Arsenal aim to make it three wins from three in the Premier League. However, he could be fit and ready to take on Manchester United the following week ahead of the international break.

Eddie Nketiah has filled the void up front for Arsenal’s first two top-flight matches, with the forward scoring in their opening day win over Nottingham Forest. Nketiah also earned the penalty for Martin Odegaard to tuck away as Arsenal recorded a 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace on Monday.

He is expected to continue in the role until at least Jesus is back and available, while Folarin Balogun continues to be linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium. Monaco are set to come back in with a fresh offer for the United States international, having seen a £34m bid rejected two weeks ago.

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Jesus had impressed in pre-season before sustaining a frustrating setback on the eve of the Community Shield against Man City - a game Arsenal did win on penalties. Speaking at the time, Arteta said: “He is fine obviously he was very disappointed, he was feeling very good and this issue came up.

“Nobody expected it and we had to do a little procedure there. But unfortunately it was the best thing to do. [To do it] as quickly as possible the better. We made that decision. I’m sure he will be back soon and very fit.”

As for Arsenal, they are one of three teams who occupy a 100 per cent record in the Premier League after two matches, with Brighton and Man City the others. The Gunners will be looking to extend that feat against a Fulham side who were beaten 3-0 by Brentford last weekend.

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