Mikel Arteta confirms fresh injury blow after disappointing Everton defeat

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has confirmed a fresh injury blow following the club’s disappointing 2-1 Premier League defeat at Everton yesterday.

The Gunners had the chance to go within one point of the final Champions League spot with a win, but squandered it with a poor performance.

Martin Odegaard scored with a sublime volley before the interval, but it was the club’s only meaningful attacking play in the opening 45 minutes.

In the second half, they went into their shell. Richarlison was denied a goal in either half as he was offside, but he eventually found the net.

The Brazilian headed in the equaliser from a rebound in the 78th minute before Andre Gray’s stunning stoppage time winner from outside the box.

The Gunners were made to rue for missing clear-cut chances through Eddie Nketiah, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Odegaard in the second half.

Following the game, Arteta has provided more concerning news, confirming that Martinelli was substituted after he felt something in his hamstring.

The Spanish tactician said that he will be assessed in the coming days, but was far from positive over the setback.

He told football.london: “I don’t know we will have to assess him. He felt something in his hamstring so I’m not very positive about it.”

The £90k-a-week forward has had his fair share of injuries in his short Gunners career. This has hampered his prospects of securing regular game time.

He recently impressed with a goal and an assist against Newcastle United and Manchester United respectively, but could not make his mark last night.

Martinelli needs continuity to find his best form, but it appears that he has now suffered a setback that could keep him on the sidelines for a few games.

Emile Smith Rowe did not make the squad yesterday with a minor muscle injury, but he could return for the Gunners’ clash against Southampton this weekend.

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