Mikel Arteta fears Arsenal will lose Gabriel Martinelli for a number of months after the Brazilian suffered a knee injury in training.
It’s reported the 18-year-old clashed knees with a teammate and could have suffered meniscus damage. While the full extent of the problem is yet to be confirmed, it does sound like we won’t see the youngster in an Arsenal shirt again this season.
Speaking ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Southampton, Arteta revealed: “We had some really bad news yesterday. In training in the last action, he [Martinelli] got hit by another player. He has damaged his knee.
“The doctors are assessing the extent of the injury but it’s not looking good at all. We don’t know [how long] but it’s looking like months.”
The boss was also asked what he puts the latest spate of injuries down to. In the space of a week, we’ve gone from having two players sidelined to the club’s weekly bulletin reporting on the status of nine squad members.
“Two players bang [into] each other [in Martinelli’s case], what happened with Pablo [Mari’s injury] on his own and a lot of others we’ve had recently are not muscular injuries, they are more traumatic injuries.
“Again, we’ve been really unlucky and we have to deal with it.”
Arteta’s battered and bruised squad head to St Mary’s on Thursday and then complete a run of four away games with an FA Cup quarter-final with Sheffield United on Sunday. If we lose any more players in the next few days we’ll be calling on Gunnersaurus.