According to various reports, Gabriel Martinelli was absent from training today as Arsenal geared up for the Europa League clash with PSV Eindhoven at the Emirates.
The Brazil international played the full 90 minutes against Leeds United on Sunday and is understood to have picked up a kick to his calf and presumably won’t be risked tomorrow.
The 21-year-old is probably due a rest given he’s featured in all 13 of Arsenal’s matches this season; the third most minutes (1,051) of any of Mikel Arteta’s squad behind Granit Xhaka (1,078) and Gabriel Magalhaes (1,080).
With Emile Smith Rowe still sidelined following groin surgery, it means there’s an opportunity for someone else to stake a claim to a spot on the left flank, most likely Reiss Nelson.
In his pre-game press conference, Arteta also allayed fears that Oleksandr Zinchenko might not play again before the season breaks for the World Cup.
The Ukraine international hasn’t featured since the win over Sp*rs at the start of the month because of a calf problem but the boss predicted he’ll be back soon.
Asked if he was worried about Zinchenko, Arteta said. “No, I don’t think so. Obviously, he had a current injury in his calf and that’s why he’s been out for this period.”
Originally scheduled to take place a few weeks ago, the Gunners head into the match with PSV knowing a win will put them in a prime position to secure top spot in Group A. Arsenal then travel to Southampton on Sunday before the return fixture in Holland in eight days’ time.