Martinelli left in tears in Arsenal injury room as Arteta admits he’s gutted
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has described the emotion of Gabriel Martinelli.
The Brazilian was forced to miss the Gunners FA Cup third round win over Newcastle after suffering what looked to be a serious injury while warming up at the Emirates.
The 19-year-old has only recently returned to action following rehab for a serious knee injury which ruled him out for the second half of the previous campaign.
Although his side went on to win following goals from Emile Smith Rowe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, attention has now turned to their young striker.
Arteta was asked about the forward after the match, and his prognosis was not positive.
Arteta said after the game: ”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.
"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. He was in pain so I imagine that we're not going to have good news with him."
The injury came after the forward spoke about his time training with Manchester United, and how that had given him a boost in his dream to become a regular start at Arsenal.
In other news, Arteta went on to praise his goalkeeper after his crucial save at the end of normal time.
He said: "We had to patient.
“They are a team who are well-organised and make it hard for you. We had the chances I think, very big chances to score much earlier but when you don't do that, the game is open.
"If you don't do that in your box, you need your keeper in a key moment – like it happened after the corner kick on the counter – to save you.
"Bernd [Leno] did it in a magnificent way and at the end we scored two and deserved to go through."
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