Mikel Arteta has revealed Gabriel Martinelli was ‘in tears’ after sustaining a worrying harm within the warm-up forward of Arsenal’s FA Cup tie on Saturday.
The holders beat Newcastle 2-Zero however the temper within the Gunners camp was dampened by the striker’s contemporary harm setback simply weeks after he returned from a protracted lay-off.
Martinelli, 19, fell over awkwardly and rolled round in ache as he appeared to get his studs on his proper boot locked into the bottom.
The character of the harm isn’t totally clear, nonetheless, it was determined Martinelli wouldn’t play any half within the match and revealed afterwards the indicators aren’t wanting good for his participant.
Arteta instructed talkSPORT: “I don’t know nevertheless it’s not wanting good. I used to be gutted as a result of I noticed the boy in tears simply earlier than the sport.
“It’s an harm that he did himself, nothing particular however he was in a number of ache so I don’t know what’s going to occur.”
Martinelli, who returned from a six-month absence in December, just lately opened up on how his knee harm ‘broke’ him and made him ‘cry rather a lot’.
“I used to be about to obtain the ball and felt slightly ache on my knee,” he instructed the Day by day Mail.
“Not sufficient for me to cease practising, however, whereas we have been on the ending session, I instructed them that I used to be in ache. They instructed me to relaxation and, if I felt the ache the subsequent day, to allow them to know.
“Once I awoke, I felt it however I used to be capable of stroll. I believed it was nothing at first, nevertheless it was a ache I’d by no means felt earlier than. I went to the membership for the examinations they usually stated it was not good and I would wish surgical procedure. It broke me. I cried rather a lot.”
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The setback stunts the progress of the promising Martinelli, who has ten targets in 30 Arsenal appearances.
Reacting to the harm, Gunners legend Ian Wright stated: “It’s an enormous blow that Gabriel Martinelli has been injured.
“He provides Arsenal and Mikel Arteta that power. To see him go down, it was actually fairly worrying.”