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Arsenal players have rallied around Gabriel Martinelli after the worrying injury he suffered before Saturday’s FA Cup win over Newcastle United. Martinelli was due to start the third-round clash at the Emirates. However, the Brazilian turned his ankle in the pre-match warm up and was replaced in the starting XI by Reiss Nelson.
Martinelli only returned to first-team action in December following six months out with a knee injury.
The young Brazilian played a key role in kickstarting the return to form of Mikel Arteta’s side.
After the match, Arteta admitted the injury did not look good for the 19-year-old.
And fellow Arsenal team-mates sent messages of support on social media following the update.
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Joe Willock wrote: “We’re all with you bro.”
Granit Xhaka put: “Stay strong brother.”
“You will come back stronger bro. God is with you,” said Bukayo Saka.
Fellow Brazilian Gabriel Magalhaes wrote: “You will be back stronger bro!!!”
And defender Pablo Mari put: “You’ll come back stronger.”
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Arsenal have now won four matches in a row in all competitions, with Emile Smith Rowe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang completing the 2-0 extra time win over Newcastle.
In his post-match press conference, Arteta was pessimistic about Martinelli’s injury.
“I am gutted,” Arteta said. “I was in my office before the game and one of the medical staff came in and said he twisted his ankle.
“He was in tears and in a lot of pain. We’re going to see how he is but he didn’t look good.
“He was in pain. He’s a character that he wants to play the next game, hopefully it’s not too serious.”
While Arsenal await results for a scan, Martinelli’s chances of being fit for upcoming matches look to be in doubt.
The Gunners host Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Thursday before Newcastle return to the Emirates the following Monday in a league fixture.
Arteta hopes for a further update on Martinelli by Monday.
“I hope so [by Monday],” he continued.
“We really want to know what’s going on. He’s a character that says he wants to play the next game, that he doesn’t care that he can handle pain, but I don’t know.
“Hopefully there is nothing too serious but to start with it didn’t look too good.”
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