Gabriel Martinelli suffered a muscle injury in Arsenal’s Premier League triumph over Everton on Sunday, according to manager Mikel Arteta.
Martinelli shone in the opening minutes of the match against Everton at Goodison Park, slipping in behind the home defense to score in the 20th minute – a goal that was disallowed following a VAR probe for Eddie Nketiah’s offside.
Martinelli slumped to the ground with an injury a few minutes after scoring the offside goal and was replaced from the bench by eventual match-winner Leandro Trossard.
Arteta was queried about Martinelli’s condition by the press after the win, and he stated that tests will be needed to evaluate the seriousness of the injury.
“He felt it after the action for the run on the goal, and normally he’s not one of the players to have muscular issues, but he had to come off, so let’s see,” the boss explained.
Arteta also revealed his relief at Arsenal winning their first game at Goodison Park in over six years, insisted that his side “fully deserved to win the game”.
He explained: “Six years without a win here is a long time, so we had to learn some lessons, we had to be better. I am delighted for the win but especially the way we won it, the way we played, how dominant we were, the presence that we showed on the pitch. We fully deserved to win the game.
“I think we had many other openings to put the ball in the last line and to put somebody in the box and finalise. Credit to Everton, they defended the box extremely well, and they had some big, big blocks when we opened them up. It’s great to have other ways to score goals, it gives you different resources and be more unpredictable.”