Arteta reveals he is still waiting on injury update for Martinelli

Mikel Arteta hoping he’ll have Gabriel Martinelli ‘back really soon’ as he awaits scan results after Brazilian twisted his ankle in warm-up prior to FA Cup clash against Newcastle

  • Arteta has revealed he is still waiting on an injury update for Gabriel Martinelli
  • The Brazilian was set to feature in the FA Cup clash against Newcastle United
  • However, he twisted his ankle in the warm-up and was replaced on Saturday
  • Arteta said after the 2-0 win that Martinelli was reduced to tears from the injury 

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is still waiting for teenage forward Gabriel Martinelli to have a scan following an ankle injury sustained in the warm-up ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup win over Newcastle.

Martinelli was taking part in a pre-match possession drill when his studs looked to got caught in the Emirates turf.

The Brazilian forward saw his knee jolt and his body weight go over on his right ankle and was quickly left in a heap on the floor, prompting his team-mates to urge for medical attention. 

Mikel Arteta (L) has revealed he is still waiting on an injury update for Gabriel Martinelli (right)

After the match, Arteta claimed that Martinelli was due to have the scan on Sunday but that has now been pushed back to Monday morning.

Arteta admitted: ‘We don’t know how bad it is, he is getting a scan this morning. We didn’t look after the game because he was in a lot of pain.

‘Yesterday he tested a little bit better so let’s hope we have a scan today and it is not as serious and we can have Gabi back really soon, but we will know more tomorrow.’  

Martinelli was ruled out of the FA Cup tie with Newcastle after injuring himself in the warm-up

The youngster’s studs looked to get stuck in the turf before his momentum then bent his leg

Martinelli was unable to retain his balance and pivoted on the spot before hitting the ground

Arteta was gutted to see the youngster pick up the injury and revealed the player was in tears having just come back from a long injury layoff.

‘I am gutted,’ Arteta said after the game. ‘I was in my office before the game and one of the coaches came in and told me that Gabi had hurt himself, that he’d twisted his ankle.

‘I went to the medical room and he was in tears. He was in a lot of pain and we’re going to have to see how he is. It didn’t look good. He was in pain so I imagine that we’re not going to have good news with him.’

The Spaniard was unable to provide an update on Mesut Ozil’s future either, although the German is due to take part in a Twitter question and answer session on Monday where he will talk about ‘the past, present and future.’

Martinelli, who has not long since returned from a knee injury, looked energetic in the warm-up

‘My understanding is nothing has changed from the last press conference, that (technical director) Edu and the club are having some conversations about the near future and the long-term future and when we know something, we’ll announce it,’ Arteta said.

‘He has done it in the past, it is something he tried to do to engage with his fans and keep everyone informed. I am not surprised.’

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