Mikel Arteta confirms muscular issue for Gabriel Martinelli

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has confirmed that Gabriel Martinelli was substituted early against Everton on Sunday after picking up a muscular problem.

The Brazil international has had another impressive start to the Premier League campaign, and he almost scored the opening goal at Goodison Park.

Martinelli found the net after a precise through ball from Fabio Vieira, but the goal was chalked off due to Eddie Nketiah being offside in the lead-up.

During the VAR review, the 22-year-old was spotted complaining over a muscular issue and he was soon replaced by Leandro Trossard in the 24th minute.

Trossard took some time to warm up to the occasion, but the Belgian eventually made the difference with a sublime left-footed winner in the 69th minute.

Speaking after the game, Arteta said that Martinelli sustained the injury during the ‘action for the run on the goal’ and added that he will be assessed.

He said: “He felt it after the action for the run on the goal, and normally he’s not one of the players to have muscular issues, but he had to come off, so let’s see.”

Martinelli has been an undisputed starter for the Gunners on the left wing over the past 18 months.

There were questions over his starting role at the beginning of the campaign amid Trossard’s pre-season form, but Arteta continued to keep his faith in him.

The Brazilian has registered two assists this season and was unfortunate not to score at Everton.

Martinelli, who is currently valued at €80 million by Transfermarkt, will now be assessed for a muscular injury and could be doubtful for the midweek game.

He may have to wait longer for his Champions League debut if there is any concern.

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