Arsenal have been handed a significant increase after Gabriel Martinelli revealed he’s ‘feeling tremendous and prepared’ to face London rivals Chelsea in a vital Boxing Day showdown.
The Brazilian starlet, who underwent knee surgical procedure over the summer time, was a uncommon shining gentle for Mikel Arteta’s males on Tuesday night time because the Gunners had been despatched crashing out of the Carabao Cup after a 4-1 defeat by Manchester City.
To make issues worse for Arteta, the teenage ahead limped off early into the second half following a nasty collision with City keeper Zack Steffan simply earlier than the interval.
Photos confirmed blood seeping by way of Martinelli’s socks after receiving a hefty blow to his shin, with Arsenal followers fearing the worst because the ahead was making solely his second look since an extended injury-lay off.
Martinelli allayed these issues, although, when he broke his silence on Wednesday morning to ship an emphatic seven-word message about his present situation.
“Feeling tremendous and able to go once more,” he mentioned on each Twitter and Instagram a lot to the delight of Gunners supporters far and large.
The information will come as a welcome aid to Mikel Arteta, whose place is beneath elevated scrutiny.
Gunners legend Martin Keown couldn’t fathom the Spaniard’s determination to maintain Martinelli on the pitch after choosing up the harm in first-half stoppage time.
“I used to be screaming on the telly final night time – Martinelli, a unbelievable expertise, down injured for 5 minutes earlier than half-time,” he advised the White & Jordan present.
“Don’t deliver him again out, please don’t deliver him out… he comes again out and lasts about two minutes. Make the fitting selections!
“He’s beneath large strain in the intervening time.”
With virtually half the season accomplished, the Gunners are simply 4 factors above the relegation zone in 15th – with Arteta overseeing the membership’s worst begin to a league marketing campaign in 46 years.
You’ll be able to take heed to reside commentary of Arsenal’s Boxing Day conflict towards Chelsea on talkSPORT, kick-off 5:30pm