Gabriel Martinelli is hoping to resume ball work in the near future as he steps up his recovery from an injury picked up in training in June.
The 19-year-old underwent a procedure to repair a lesion in the cartilage of the left knee just after football returned from lockdown restrictions and is not expected to feature for the first team until 2021.
Having last played for Arsenal way back in March when the Gunners beat Portsmouth in the FA Cup, it’s been a frustrating time for the teenager.
On the plus side, he’s on the mend.
“I’m feeling very well, I’m regaining confidence and I can feel my knee is better,” he told Arsenal Digital.
“After an injury like this you are kind of scared to force the knee again but the past couple of weeks it has been fine and soon I can start training with the ball.”
In Martinelli’s absence, the Gunners have added two new Brazilians to the ranks – Willian and Gabriel Magalhães – and secured the services of David Luiz for another year. Throw in Cedric Soares and technical director Edu and Portuguese has quickly become a dominant language at London Colney.
“I’m very happy, it’s good to have players from your country that speak your language,” reflected Martinelli.
“I already knew David Luiz and now it is great to meet Willian and Gabi.
“I only just met them but I can already tell they are great guys, we are always laughing and it is a great environment to be in. They are playing well and giving their best too. I think they have a lot to offer to this club on and off the pitch.”