Arsenal’s winger picked up a knee injury in June in training, and although at first, it seemed like nothing, it required surgery and kept him sidelined for several months.
after experiencing months of emotional and physical pain is now only finding his way back into competitive football.
“I was about to receive the ball and felt a little pain on my knee,”
he told the Daily Mail.
"Not enough for me to stop practising, but, while we were on the finishing session, I told them that I was in pain. They told me to rest and, if I felt the pain the next day, to let them know.
“When I woke up, I felt it but I was able to walk. I thought it was nothing at first, but it was a pain I'd never felt before. I went to the club for the examinations and they said it was not good and I would need surgery. It broke me. I cried a lot.”
joined the Gunners from
in 2019, and shone during his debut season for
last season, scoring 10 goals in all competitions, which earned him a new long-term contract. The player reveals
was a huge support during his injury.
“Mikel talked to me during my recovery,”
. “Always calling me to know how I was, even when I returned to Brazil for a time in August. When the club needed me, he talked to me again, asking if I was feeling ready to play.
“I said yes. I still feel a bit of pain in the knee, but the doctors say that it is fine. I've not been able to play 90 minutes yet, but it also needs time. My focus is on getting better and helping Arsenal.”
The Gunners will face
in FA Cup on Saturday, before a league clash against