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Arsenal supporters mock PSV over pre-match Gabriel Jesus tweet as three injured players return

Arsenal supporters mock PSV over pre-match Gabriel Jesus tweet as three injured players return

PSV Eindhoven have begun to raise the stakes ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash with Arsenal, with a pre-match tweet sparking a backlash from Gunners fans.

The two sides finally meet at the Emirates in a match that had to be postponed due to the death of Queen Elizabeth II earlier this month.

Arsenal were scheduled to play Manchester City this week, along with nine other Premier League matches on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, but that match has been moved to a later date to allow the Gunners to fulfill their European commitments.

The match on Thursday is the first of a potentially decisive double header that will determine who wins Group A and thus avoids a Champions League drop-out in the play-offs next February.

Arsenal currently leads the group with three wins and nine points, but positive results for PSV over the next few days – with Arsenal visiting Eindhoven next week – could see the Dutch side take control.

Prior to that first meeting on Thursday evening, PSV’s Twitter account decided to start things off with a rather loaded tweet.

The Dutch club posted a photo of youngster Xavi Simons, who has eight goals in ten Eredivisie appearances this season, doing a familiar celebration, with the caption: ‘Calling Arsenal. Is Gabriel Jesus at home?’

Arsenal fans were not amused, with PSV’s Twitter account inundated with messages from Gunners fans suggesting they might regret the post – especially if Mikel Arteta uses it as motivation, as he famously did with a tweet from Ivan Toney last season.

“You don’t want to make that call bro,” wrote one fan in response to PSV’s post, while others said Jesus – who has not started in the Europa League this season – would likely be rested but “Eddie Nketiah can pick up your call instead”.

Jesus has made two brief cameo appearances off the bench against FC Zurich and Bodo/Glimt, while Nketiah has started all three group games, scoring twice and assisting once.

Meanwhile, PSV announced their squad list for the match on Wednesday morning, with three previously injured players all available for selection.

The Dutch have been without Luuk de Jong, Mauro Junior, and Noni Madueke – all of whom were previously with Tottenham – in recent months, but all three are on their way to London, where Ruud van Nistelrooy’s players will train later today.

Arsenal supporters mock PSV over pre-match Gabriel Jesus tweet as three injured players return

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