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Gabriel Martinelli was substituted midway through Arsenal’s Carabao Cup quarter-final match with Manchester City after receiving a severe blow to the right foot.
The Brazilian was making his first start since recovering from a knee injury that kept him out for most of last season.
Just before half-time he fell in some pain after receiving a late tackle from City goalkeeper Zack Steffen, who immediately screamed and pulled his shirt over his head. He received treatment for several minutes, but after limping out he managed to join the fray.
However, after being involved in another challenge early in the second half, he fell again with Nicolás Pepe replacing him in the 49th minute. Martinelli at least left the pitch under his own weight and did not disappear down the tunnel to receive treatment. additional, suggesting that the injury should not be as severe.
His absence would be a huge blow to the Gunners, since before being retired he had been playing well. Martinelli looked cheerful both on and off the ball and even provided the assist for Arsenal’s draw. Getting into a promising position down the left side, he threw a great cross that was converted by Alexandre Lacazette.
The goal tied things after City took two minutes ahead through Gabriel Jesus. The goal featured terrible defensive confusion involving Shkodran Mustafi, Gabriel and Runar substitute goalkeeper Alex Runarsson.
The Arsenal stopper would make another mistake on City’s second goal when he let Riyad Mahrez’s free kick twist in his hands. The visitors then made it 3-1 through Phil Foden, who produced a good finish just before the hour mark.