Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has provided an update on the injury sustained by Gabriel Martinelli on Sunday.

Gabriel Martinelli was withdrawn in the first half at Goodison Park. His replacement, Leandro Trossard, went on to produce a fine display and scored the match-winning goal for Arsenal. 

Despite the positive impact that Trossard had for the Gunners, Arsenal fans will still be concerned that Martinelli may be set for a spell on the sidelines.

The £90,000-a-week attacker is a key player for Arsenal, and a fixture in Mikel Arteta’s starting XI. He also made a bright start against Everton, finding the back of the net with a clinical finish, only for his effort to be ruled out after a VAR review revealed an offside infringement. 

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Now is as bad a time as any for Arsenal to lose Martinelli. The Gunners have a Champions League clash against PSV Eindohven on Wednesday, before hosting Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium in the first north London derby of the Premier League season on Sunday. 

If Martinelli is out for a some time, the likes of Trossard, Reiss Nelson, and Emile Smith Rowe will need to step up in his place.

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Arteta discusses Martinelli injury

At this stage, though, there is no clear timeline on when the 22-year-old can be expected to return. Speaking after the match, Arteta could only confirm that it seems to be a hamstring issue.

Speaking to Sky Sports (Sky Sports Premier League, 17/09/2023 19:10), the Spanish coach said, “he felt something in one of the sprints…he felt something in his hammy so he will have to be assessed.”

The Arsenal medical team will likely assess Martinelli’s condition thoroughly either this evening, or tomorrow. In any case, there could be a wait before any more information on his condition is offered up by the club.

In any case, Arteta will already be planning for life without the 7-cap Brazil international in the short term.

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