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Arsenal confirm Gabriel Martinelli injury boost ahead of Southampton clash

Arsenal have confirmed that Gabriel Martinelli is fully fit ahead of this afternoon’s Premier League clash against Southampton.

The north London giants have suffered three defeats in the last four league games, and they are currently lying seventh in the standings.

They can temporarily move to fifth on the table with a victory over the Saints. Ahead of the game, there has been a timely injury boost.

Mikel Arteta was recently concerned that Martinelli had picked up a hamstring injury, but it does not appear the case.

The Brazilian has been assessed and declared fit to face the Saints. He could start his third game in a row with Emile Smith Rowe doubtful.

Smith Rowe sustained a groin problem in the 3-2 defeat at Manchester United earlier this month. He subsequently missed the Everton loss.

He is still being assessed by the medical team, and remains a doubt for today’s game alongside Bernd Leno.

The German goalkeeper suffered a groin injury of his own in training last week. He could make the bench depending on the late fitness test.

Meanwhile, Sead Kolasinac remains the only confirmed absentee. He is recovering from an ankle injury sustained on international duty last month.

Our view:

The Gunners have lost momentum after the international break, picking up just three points from a possible 12.

They had an excellent chance to break into the top four on a couple of occasions, but failed to capitalise.

The club are still within four points off the final Champions League spot, and need to build a winning streak.

With back-to-back home games against Southampton and West Ham United, they have the perfect platform.

Smith Rowe’s creativity was missed against the Toffees in midweek as they slumped to a late 2-1 defeat.

His availability would be a huge boost, but Arteta will want others to step up after a dismal attacking display.

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