Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has admitted that he is “not very positive” about the injury that Gabriel Martinelli suffered in Monday’s defeat to Everton.

Mikel Arteta 'not very positive' about Gabriel Martinelli injury

The Spaniard is concerned about Gabriel Martinelli after the forward was taken off against Everton with a hamstring problem.

Gabriel Martinelli was handed a second start in a row after quite some time and his hamstring seems to have had a bit of an issue with that.

The Olympic gold medallist started the encounter at Goodison Park before going down with a suspected hamstring issue in the 71st minute, with Arteta electing to replace him with Eddie Nketiah.

Martinelli was able to walk off the pitch, but Arteta is not optimistic about the Brazilian attacker’s status as he confirmed that he “felt something” in his hamstring.

Speaking to the press after the defeat on Merseyside, Arteta said: “I don’t know we will have to assess him. He felt something in his hamstring so I’m not very positive about it.”

The gunners boss was also asked why Nketiah, who refused a new Arsenal contract just last week, was picked ahead of Nicolas Pepe, and Arteta replied, “I decided to play Eddie today, to bring him on and he created three chances and hit the post once in 25 minutes.

“He does every day in training what you saw in 25 minutes here. Every single day. That’s why I picked him.”

So, obviously nothing to do with trying to get him to sign a new deal so we don’t lose him on a free. Got it!

The Gunners lost Emile Smith Rowe to a knock before the game but were able to welcome Granit Xhaka back from a serious knee injury ahead of schedule, with the Switzerland captain completing the full 90 minutes.

Demarai Gray and Richarlison won the day for Everton after an opener from Martin Odegaard, who admitted that his side “stopped playing” after going 1-0 up.


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