Arsenal were dealt a significant injury blow during Sunday's Premier League clash against Everton, with Gabriel Martinelli forced off during the win due to a hamstring issue. The 22-year-old was seen clutching the back of his right thigh just moments after he thought he had broken the deadlock at Goodison Park.
The Brazilian put the ball in the back of the net after just 19 minutes had been played on Merseyside before the goal was ruled out after VAR adjudged Eddie Nketiah to have been offside in the build-up. Martinelli limped off the field shortly after, with Leandro Trossard, who eventually netted the only goal of the game, replacing his fellow left-winger.
So, football.london has decided to round-up everything that we've heard regarding Martinelli's current fitness status below.
Mikel Arteta update
After the full-time whistle, Arteta provided a brief update on Martinelli's condition. The Gunners boss told Sky Sports: «He [Martinelli] felt something, he felt it in his hammy [hamstring] so he will need to be assessed.»
North London Derby worry
Arsenal now face an anxious wait to see how long Martinelli will be sidelined. The Gunners are about to start a hugely important week, with their UEFA Champions League campaign getting underway on Wednesday night when they welcome PSV to the Emirates Stadium before they host local rivals Tottenham Hotspur to N5 on Sunday afternoon.
Martinelli has done well to avoid injury in the last few years, missing just five matches for the north Londoners since he returned from a major knee problem in December 2020. In June of that year, the talented winger sustained cartilage damage in his left knee during training at the club's London Colney base.
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