Mikel Arteta has shared a concerning update regarding Gabriel Martinelli following the 22-year-old’s substitution during Arsenal’s 1-0 victory against Everton at Goodison Park.
Martinelli had to leave the pitch due to a hamstring issue shortly after receiving treatment, which happened right after he believed he had scored a goal against Everton.
The Brazilian player was replaced by Leandro Trossard, who later scored the crucial goal in the match. Martinelli initially headed straight to the tunnel but then reappeared on the bench shortly afterward.
While Mikel Arteta has several attacking options to choose from, Martinelli’s injury is a significant setback for Arsenal.
Trossard might be given a more prominent role in the team going forward, especially with the return of Champions League football this week.
Additionally, Gabriel Jesus is gradually regaining match fitness after making a substitute appearance against Everton.
In the past couple of years, Gabriel Martinelli has displayed an impressive track record of staying injury-free, having missed only five games for Arsenal since his return from a significant knee injury in December 2020.
Back in June 2020, the young player suffered cartilage damage in his left knee during a training session at London Colney.
Speaking after the win against Everton, Arteta offered a brief update on Martinelli’s condition. The Gunners boss told Sky Sports: “He [Martinelli] felt something, he felt it in his hammy [hamstring] so he will need to be assessed.”
The extent of Martinelli’s injury remains uncertain at this time, casting doubt on his availability for Arsenal’s upcoming Champions League group stage matches and the eagerly anticipated North London Derby scheduled for the following weekend. Additionally, Thomas Partey, another crucial player, continues to be sidelined as he recuperates from a groin injury sustained prior to the recent international break.
Mikel Arteta issues worrying Gabriel Martinelli injury update after Arsenal win vs Everton