Mikel Arteta has confirmed that Gabriel Martinelli will undergo a scan on his injured ankle today as Arsenal keep their fingers crossed that the Brazilian hasn’t suffered serious damage.
The striker twisted his ankle in the warm-up ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup clash with Newcastle United and had to be replaced in the starting lineup. The boss later confirmed the teenager was in tears in the dressing room.
“We don’t know how bad he is,” Arteta said on Monday morning.
“He’s getting a scan this morning. We didn’t look after the game because he was in a lot of pain but yesterday he tested it a little bit better, so let’s hope.
“We have a scan today so let’s hope it’s not as serious and we can have Gabi back really soon. We will know more tomorrow, certainly.”
Asked whether he fears Martinelli being an injury-prone player – the Brazilian has only just returned from six months on the sidelines with a knee injury – the boss added: “It’s more bad luck. It’s only three injuries and they’re really different ones.
“One was a contact and the other one was something that can happen to anybody, so you have to be really unlucky.
“We’re going to scan him today, hopefully it’s not that bad and it doesn’t knock Gabi back but I was gutted for him because he was in pain and he was gutted.”
Arteta also provided an update on the status of summer signings Gabriel Magalhaes and Thomas Partey. The centre-back has been out for a couple of weeks due to a positive Covid-19 diagnosis and the midfielder has played just 45 minutes of football in more than two months.
“Gabriel had a training session the other day,” relayed Arteta.
“He tested positive and had very mild symptoms, so he’s missed a few weeks of training because he had to be isolated.
“It’s better now and we expect him to be training with us in the next couple of days and then make an assessment on whether we can have him or not on Thursday.
“Thomas has been in full training for the last four or five days, he’s completely asymptomatic. It would be a little bit rushed to try and play him against Newcastle but I think he will be ready for Thursday.”
We’re assuming the boss’ use of the term ‘asymptomatic’ is related to Thomas’ calf injury rather than anythig to do with coronavirus.