Mikel Arteta has revealed a slight glimmer of hope in the injury case of Gabriel Martinelli saying it ‘tested a little bit better’ yesterday.
The luck of Brazilian winger Gabriel Martinelli has been rotten over the last 12-months. The 19 year-old returned to action for Arsenal against Everton in the Premier League earlier in the campaign and has since looked a spark that Arsenal have been in desperate need of.
An injury before the season restarted during the first lockdown kept the former Ituano forward out of contention for the better part of 6 to 8 months. In the games he has returned in he has looked sprightly, energetic and keen to re-discover his for which earned him a place in the Arsenal senior squad despite being signed as just a youngster.
In the match against Manchester City, a clash with backup goalkeeper Zack Steffen left him in tears and in need of substitution early in the second half. Despite this, he returned for the match against Chelsea and was electric in helping Arsenal turn their league fortunes and beat their west London rivals 3-1.
Set to play and start against Newcastle in the FA Cup, Martinelli was hurt in the warm-up, twisting his ankle and needing a large medical boot to keep it from moving.
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After the game, Arteta confirmed that things did not look good, “I went to the medical room and he was in tears. He was in a lot of pain and we’re going to have to see how he is. It didn’t look good. He was in pain so I imagine that we’re not going to have good news with him.”
However, in Arteta’s press conference ahead of Arsenal’s match with Crystal Palace he did provide some vague yet positive news in regards to the winger’s progress in the short space of time since the injury.
“Well we don’t know how bad it is. He’s getting a scan this morning. We didn’t look after the game because he was in a lot of pain. But yesterday he tested a little bit better. So let’s hope, we have a scan today, that it’s not serious and we can have him back soon. But we will know more tomorrow certainly,” said the Spanish coach.
Thomas Partey returns
The really good news for Arsenal fans is the return of Thomas Partey to the Arsenal line-up. Arteta spoke ahead of the match with Crystal Palace and confirmed that the Ghanaian midfielder would be fit and available after completing several training sessions.
“Thomas now he’s been in full training for four or five days, he’s completely asymptomatic. It was a little bit rushed to try and play him for Newcastle but I think he will be ready for Thursday,” said Arteta.
Partey has barely been able to play this season after suffering a number of injury problems. He was brought off against both Spurs and Aston Villa, matches which Arsenal went on to lose, and has not been seen since the North London Derby.
Signed from Atletico Madrid in the summer, it was thought that the Ghanaian international would provide Arsenal with the world-class quality that they have been crying out for in their midfield.
The return of the 27-year old may be coming at the perfect time after Arsenal recorded three wins in the league out of their last 3 matches. The form of Granit Xhaka has been brilliant since his return from red card suspension yet his partners of Mohamed Elneny and Dani Ceballos have not been in as inspired form.
A combination of the inform Xhaka and Partey is something which many Arsenal fans will be rubbing their hands together for.
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