Gabriel Martinelli could miss the rest of the 2019/20 season through a knee injury he suffered in training, as reported exclusively by David Ornstein of The Athletic.
Apparently, the injury occurred on Monday, in a session the young forward managed to complete, but he reported the discomfort afterwards. The early signs point to meniscus damage, which, if confirmed, would almost certainly rule him out for the remaining part of the ongoing campaign. Martinelli underwent a scan on Tuesday, and the results are expected today (Wednesday).
Following the injuries to goalkeeper Bernd Leno at Brighton,and midfielder Granit Xhaka and defender Pablo Mari at the Etihad before that, the addition of the young forward to the list of absentees will have come as a sore blow to head coach Mikel Arteta. Martinelli didn’t play in any of the two defeats the team suffered at the return of top-flight football in England; he sat on the bench through both matches, but given the density of the remaining fixtures, he was sure to play a part at some point soon.
The Brazilian, who arrived to north London last summer from Ituano for a fee around £6 million, has shown incredible capability to adapt well to demanding surroundings. His four goals in two Carabao Cup appearances have revealed his ability to step in when the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe are in need of rest. Overall, he has found the opposition net 10 times in 26 appearances in all competitions – not too bad at all for a 19-year-old player in his first season in England. He has certainly proven himself as a shrewd piece of business from the club – arguably the shrewdest they made in the last several years.
The Gunners travel to Southampton on Thursday, before taking on Sheffield United in the FA Cup quarterfinals on Sunday.