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    Arteta asks for consistency from Arsenal trio after Jesus blow

    Mikel Arteta wants Gabriel Martinelli, Bukayo Saka and Eddie Nketiah to organize a consecutive streak to help Premier League leaders Arsenal deal with the absence of Gabriel Jesus.

    All trios scored in Arsenal’s 3-1 victory over West Ham on Boxing Day and the Gunners are now certain to end 2022 at the top of the table after a five-point lead over Manchester City.

    Jesus was sidelined for three months with a knee injury during the World Cup, which could have been a blow to their title hopes.

    Ahead of Saturday’s trip to Brighton & Hove Albion, Arteta demanded high standards from Martinelli, Saka and Nketiah.

    “It’s just one game. They must show consistency and the ability to do this every three days,” Arteta said at a press conference.

    “This is what we need from the players. Obviously, we had a big conflict with Gabi and his absence had a big impact on the team.

    “We always said that Eddie had qualities and he just needed opportunities to show it.

    “We’re really happy with where we are, but as I’ve always said, there are a lot of things we can still improve and improve.”

    Meanwhile, Arteta expects to have another attacking option soon, and Emil Smith Rowe is close to returning from a groin injury he suffered in September.

    “He’s taken some big steps in the last week or so, has been in a few workouts recently and looks good,” Arteta said.

    “We really want him to come back soon.”

    The Gunners are in talks with Shakhtar Donetsk over a deal for Mykhailo Mudryk as a £57m (€64.4m) offer for the winger was reportedly turned down.

    Shakhtar director Carlo Nicolini said the Ukrainian team expects a fee closer to £100m (€113.2m) for the 21-year-old, who was touted by Brighton coach Roberto De Zerbi as a future Ballon d’Or candidate. . former coach.

    However, Arteta was reluctant to discuss a possible transfer, saying: “I can’t talk about players who aren’t at Arsenal.

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