Gabriel Martinelli has excited Arsenal fans by saying he is feeling fine and ready to go again after suffering an injury scare against Manchester City. The player posted a message on Twitter to put Gooners’ minds at ease.
The 19-year-old made his first start for the senior side this season in Tuesday night’s 4-1 defeat to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup after recovering from a long term injury.
He was the only bright spot in an otherwise disappointing Arsenal performance that saw them fail to make the semi-final of the competition. He was a thorn in City’s side and set up Alexander Lacazette for the North London side’s only goal in the game.
At the end of the first half, he received a pass from Joe Willock which would have put him one-on-one with City’s goalkeeper, Zack Steffen, but the young American managed to get there before the Brazilian attacker.
In the process of kicking the ball away, Steffen made contact with Martinelli at full tilt which caused the player to go down in agony. His reaction made Gooners all over the world fear the worst but within minutes he was thankfully back on the pitch.
He came back out for the second half but succumbed to his injury soon after the game restarted. It was thought that he would be a doubt for the game against Chelsea on Boxing Day and while the club have not commented on his fitness yet, the player seems to be ready to be involved in what will be a crucial game for Mikel Arteta’s side. Based on evidence from the game against City, the Gunners need Martinelli to be fit and firing.