Arsenal’s Brazilian winger Gabriel Martinelli limped off the pitch in the first half during their clash against Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday. The 22-year-old forward is a regular starter in Mikel Arteta’s lineup, and needless to say his injury is a major blow for the club.
Martinelli was seen struggling on the pitch just after scoring a goal that was ruled out by VAR due to offside. Consequently, the Brazilian couldn’t continue and was forced to be substituted in the first half, with Leonardo Trossard coming in. Post-match, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta provided an update regarding Gabriel Martinelli’s injury.
Injury update on Gabriel Martinelli
The Gunners secured a hard-fought 1-0 victory, ending a six-year winless streak at Everton’s home. An early goal from the Brazilian was disallowed by VAR, as Eddie Nketiah was judged offside during the build-up play.
Leonardo Trossard, who came on as Martinelli’s replacement scored the winning goal in the second half securing three points and extending Arsenal’s unbeaten streak in the new Premier League season.
Arsenal climbed up to the fourth spot in the Premier League table with 13 points, alongside Liverpool and Spurs.
The manager confirmed Gabriel Martinelli has picked up a hamstring injury which could see him missing the club’s next few matches.
In the post-match conference, Arteta said, “He felt, I think, something in the action in the run for the goal. He’s not normally a player to have muscular issues, but he had to come off. Let’s see.”
However, Martinelli was spotted in the dugout after being subbed off, hinting his injury may not be a serious one. However, the severity of the injury and his current condition is yet to be determined as the player will undergo an assessment at the club’s medical facilities on his return on Monday.
Arsenal face PSV next on their UCL return
Following a win over Everton, Arsenal have an eventful schedule for the next few weeks with some important fixtures lined up ahead.
Arsenal will host PSV Eindhoven at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday and later this weekend, the Gunners will take on Spurs in the North London derby. They also have with a midweek Carabao Cup game coming up against Brentford.
Arsenal and the boss Arteta would be hoping for Martinelli’s injury to be a minor one so that the Brazilian could make a return ahead of these crucial games.
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