Arsenal forward Gabriel Martinelli was in tears after injuring his ankle in the warm-up ahead of Saturday's 2-0 victory against Newcastle United in the FA Cup and is set to undergo a scan. Photo: AFP
Arsenal forward Gabriel Martinelli was in tears after injuring his ankle in the warm-up ahead of Saturday's 2-0 victory against Newcastle United in the FA Cup and is set to undergo a scan. Photo: AFP

Arsenal forward Gabriel Martinelli set for ankle scan

By Reuters Time of article published Jan 10, 2021

Share this article:

LONDON - Arsenal forward Gabriel Martinelli was in tears after injuring his ankle in the warm-up ahead of Saturday's 2-0 victory against Newcastle United in the FA Cup and is set to undergo a scan, manager Mikel Arteta said.

The 19-year-old Brazilian was named in Arsenal's starting lineup for the third-round tie at Emirates Stadium but was replaced by Reiss Nelson minutes before kickoff.

Martinelli returned to action in December after a prolonged absence due to a knee problem but is now set for another spell on the sidelines.

Brighton's Ivorian midfielder Yves Bissouma tackles Arsenal's Brazilian striker Gabriel Martinelli during the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Arsenal at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, southern England on December 29, 2020. (Photo by Mike Hewitt / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. /

"I am gutted. I was in my office before the game and one of the coaches came in and told me that Gabi had hurt himself, that he'd twisted his ankle," Arteta told reporters after the game.

"I went to the medical room and he was in tears. He was in a lot of pain and we're going to have to see how he is. It didn't look good. I imagine that we're not going to have good news with him.

"We really want to know what's going on. He's a character and he wants to play. He doesn't care and can handle pain but I don't know. Hopefully there is nothing too serious but to start with, it didn't look too good."

Emile Smith-Rowe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored in extra time to help holders Arsenal seal a spot in the fourth round and extend their winning run to four games in all competitions.

Arsenal, who are 11th in the Premier League with 23 points from 17 games, host 14th placed Crystal Palace on Thursday. (Reporting by Arvind Sriram in Bengaluru; Editing by Lincoln Feast)

Share this article: