Mikel Arteta’s men fail to get past Manchester City on Saturday evening. Raheem Sterling’s scored the only goal in the game for the host. There is a lot of positivity to take for Arsenal.
Bukayo Saka impressed once again with his talent and cunningness. New signing, Thomas Partey also made his debut late in the game. Overall, it wasn’t a bad performance from the Gunners but the result didn’t fell their way.
It is quite evident that Arsenal needs a little bit more spark upfront. Saka has creating qualities with his versatility but a focal point of everything is required. Aubameyang is a little off after his contract extension and Lacazette also not scoring lately. Nketiah is still young.
Thus, the news of Gabriel Martinelli returning to training is a massive boost. The youngster was out through a knee injury since July and was expected to miss the rest of the year. Martinelli joined Arsenal last summer.
Martinelli returns to training
Fans are satisfied to see the talent from Brazil slowly coming back to fitness after a lengthy injury spell. Martinelli last played a fixture in February of this year.
Martinelli suffered a serious knee injury after football restarted following a lockdown period. According to the Mirror, he injured himself after Arsenal’s 2-1 loss to Brighton in June.
Since then, it has been a long recovery period for the 19-year-old. He has now been photographed in London Colney, looking positive and in great shape.
Previously, it was thought that the Guarulhos-born winger will play not part until 2021. However, the picture is different now. Arsenal are hopeful to have him in the squad as quickly as possible.
Need for Martinelli at Arsenal
Martinelli joined the North Londoners in the summer of 2019 for £6 million from Ituano. The wonder kid proved to be quite a bargain for the Red and Whites for his exploits last campaign.
The youngster scored an impressive 10 goals in 26 appearances. He scored a remarkable solo goal against Chelsea. Martinelli also provided four assists until his injury put a break to his performances.
At one period, Gabriel outclassed Lacazette and Aubameyang with his showings. Arteta will be happy to have an option like him. If used in his desired position, he will do wonder.
Addition of Martinelli in the team will ensure creativity and an extra goal threat going forward. If used in his desired position, he will do wonder. Now, Arteta needs to manage him properly to prevent any further damage to his knee.