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Arsenal fans glad for Gabriel Martinelli return despite Manchester City thrashing

Arsenal were beaten 4-1 by Manchester City in the EFL Cup quarter-final at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners’ poor form continued in north London, with Pep Guardiola’s side outclassing the hosts.

It took the visitors no time at all to go ahead, Gabriel Jesus heading in after only a couple of minutes.

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But Arsenal actually went in level at the break, after Gabriel Martinelli crossed for Alexandre Lacazette to equalise.

But City were gifted a second goal by Alex Runarsson, who let a Riyad Mahrez free-kick slip through his grasp.

Further goals from Phil Foden and Aymeric Laporte followed, and City are now into the last four of the competition they’ve won for the past three years.

It was yet another bitterly disappointing performance and result for Arsenal.

That said, Arsenal fans were able to find one miniscule positive despite the mauling – the return of Martinelli.

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The £6 million Brazilian (Telegraph) was handed a start, and looked really sharp despite his lengthy injury lay-off.

He could only last half the game after he couldn’t shake off a heavy challenge from City goalkeeper Zack Steffen just before half-time, but his assist for Lacazette, and his relentless work-rate, gave Arsenal fans a shred of positivity.

On social media, some frustrated Arsenal fans were pleased about the youngster’s return at least:

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