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Team news update: Smith Rowe, Jesus, Nelson

We’ve been without Emile Smith Rowe, Gabriel Jesus and Reiss Nelson in recent times - and Mikel Arteta was asked about the availability of the trio in his pre-Brentford press conference on Friday.

Here’s how our boss responded:

On the team news…

The ones that were long-term - like Emile, Reiss and Gabriel Jesus - they are closer and they’ve started to do some activities and have been outside. But they are not ready yet to be considered.

On speculation around Smith Rowe being ready for Brentford…

Not for this weekend.

On an update on Gabriel Jesus…

Gabby is doing really well. He’s already been outside a little bit but it’s still early stages. He keeps pushing everybody every single day, but we need to respect some timelines and processes. He’s doing really well.

On a date for his return…

It’s still too far off that. You have to see how he reacts now when you start to put some load to the knee and get some movement and actions that are not controlled as the ones he’s been doing and where he’s comfortable as well to go to the next stage.

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