Arsenal have received a timely boost after hearing that Gabriel Martinelli’s injury was ‘not serious’ as initially feared, and he might even be back in time to face Newcastle on Monday night.
The Brazilian has become one of the Gunners’ brightest young prospects in recent years, although a serious knee injury following the league’s resumption in June of last year saw his 2019/20 season shortened.
The 19-year-old has remained on the sidelines for the start of the 2020/21 campaign, and has suffered numerous injuries since his return, including a blow to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup quarter-final in December who saw it hampered. in the second half.
Martinelli was named in Mikel Arteta’s starting XI for his side’s FA Cup third round clash with Newcastle last weekend, but the Brazilian was again forced to retire after appearing to turn his ankle for warming up.
Arteta said he found Martinelli in tears after being injured, and the Gunners boss seemed to expect the worst after telling reporters he thought they were “not going to have good news”.
However, The Guardian now say the prognosis for Martinelli’s injury is good, so much so that the Brazilian could be fit to face Newcastle, this time in the Premier League, at the Emirates Stadium.
The news of his potential availability is a huge stroke of luck for Arteta as he searches for solutions to his team’s problems in front of goal.
Captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has struggled to regain his prolific form from recent seasons recently – he scored just three goals in 15 Premier League appearances in 2020/21 – and ahead of the 4-0 win over West Brom over earlier this month, the Gunners had scored just 15 goals in 16 league appearances.
Alexandre Lacazette is leading the way in terms of league goals for Arsenal this season with seven, but unbelievably Aubameyang finds himself in second place in the table alongside Bukayo Saka, who also has three strikes in the Premier League.