Mikel Arteta has provided a fresh update on Gabriel Martinelli's fitness after the Arsenal star missed training ahead of the Champions League clash against PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday. The Brazilian winger was forced off with a hamstring problem during the 1-0 win against Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon.
The 22-year-old thought he had opened the scoring against Sean Dyche's side — only for VAR to rule that Eddie Nketiah was offside in the build-up to the goal. Moments later, Martinelli hadto receive treatment on the pitch before limping off down the tunnel — being replaced by Leandro Trossard.
The Belgian forward took his chance and scored the decisive goal on a difficult afternoon against Everton — but attention swiftly focused back onto Martinelli's injury after the game. 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.»
Arsenal have some tricky fixtures coming up — starting with their return to Champions League action as they take on PSV at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday evening. Speaking ahead of the clash, Arteta provided yet another update on the Brazilian's fitness as fears continue to grow regarding the length of time he may be sidelined for.
The Arsenal boss told reporters: «He [Martinelli] felt something in his hamstring. We need to do some further tests.»
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