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Arsenal handed major Gabriel Martinelli injury boost

Martinelli could play against Newcastle next Monday (Picture: Getty Images)

Arsenal have received a major boost over Gabriel Martinelli’s ankle injury, which has not been deemed serious, according to reports.

The 19-year-old has been a revelation for the Gunners since arriving at the Emirates from Brazilian side FC Ituano in 2019.

Martinelli scored 10 goals in his first 30 games for Arsenal but suffered an untimely knee injury which required surgery and ruled him out for the start of the 2020/21 season.

Arteta was initially weary over the extent of Martinelli’s injury (Picture: Getty Images)

The Brazilian impressed upon his return to the squad in December, but was forced to sit out last weekend’s FA Cup win over Newcastle after injuring himself in the warm-up.

Martinelli rolled his ankle and immediately fell to the floor, and Mikel Arteta admitted after the game that the teenager was in ‘tears’ when he saw him in the dressing room.

The Spanish boss said: ‘I am gutted. I was in my office before the game and one of the medical staff came in and said he twisted his ankle. He was in tears and in a lot of pain.

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Arteta was more upbeat in his press conference on Monday, and according to The Guardian, scans on Martinelli’s ankle showed no severe damage.

The winger will play no part in Thursday’s clash against Crystal Palace, but he could return as quickly as Arsenal’s meeting with Newcastle next Monday.


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