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Arteta refuses to confirm whether Jesus has travelled to Lisbon

Mikel Arteta has refused to confirm if Gabriel Jesus has travelled for Arsenal's Europa League last-16 first-leg clash with Sporting.

The Brazil forward has not featured since requiring surgery on a knee injury suffered at the World Cup but has recently returned to training.

A potential return date has been a closely-guarded secret within London Colney and Arteta has already batted away questions on whether he expects Jesus back before the international break later this month.

UEFA rules mean the opening 15 minutes of training on the eve of matches are open to the media and Jesus was seen working alongside his team-mates in preparation.

But Arteta was tight-lipped when he arrived in Lisbon, insisting any news surrounding his squad would be released ahead of kick-off.

"News on the squad will be tomorrow," he said. "We have brought a few players and you will see tomorrow who is available."

Arsenal's official social media channels showed a number of players boarding the flight to Lisbon, which was delayed due to adverse weather in the UK, and Jesus was not one of those filmed

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