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Arsenal the manager Mikel Arteta has confirmed That Gabriel Martinelli is very close to being available for the selection of the first team.
The Brazilian suffered a knee injury in training in June that has kept him out of action for the past six months. He has recovered from his injury and is close to being back in top form. He played 45 minutes for the Arsenal Under-21 team in the Papa John’s EFL Trophy against AFC Wimbledon more than ten days ago.
The 19-year-old has been training with the senior team and was not involved in Arsenal’s Under-23 team’s 2-1 win over Leicester City today. This has led to some speculation that he could be involved in the Gunners’ Premier League game against Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday.
Martinelli came to Arsenal from Brazilian Ituano in the summer of 2019 and enjoyed a great year in his debut season at the club. He became the first teenager to score ten goals for the North London team in a single season since Nicolas Anelka did the same more than twenty years ago.
Speaking of Martinelli, Arteta said:
“Gabriel Martinelli is very close to being available and able to be a part of us as well, which is great news.”
Gabi is pure enthusiasm, energy, faith, charisma and goals. And this is him. It’s around the training ground and it’s around our training sessions and the energy is different because it’s going 100 miles per hour. He has this passion and his way of playing and he is a threat. He is a player that we miss because he brings something special to the team. He’s contagious with his attitude and I think it’ll be a huge boost when we get it. “
The Gunners need Martinelli more than ever, as they have only scored 11 goals in their first 13 Premier League games this season. In addition to being a scorer, he is capable of creating chances and is always one of the hardest-working players on the team. His return will do great good for the North London team, who are looking to relive their season.
Arsenal will look to win their first Premier League game in more than six weeks when they travel to Goodison Park to face Everton on Saturday.