Danny Murphy told Match of the Day Live on BBC One that he is keeping his ‘fingers crossed’ that Gabriel Martinelli’s injury isn’t serious because he is a ‘super talent’ for Arsenal.
The 19-year-old went down with an injury in the warm-up of Arsenal’s FA Cup win against Newcastle on Saturday, with BBC pundit Murphy noticing that the youngster was ‘really upset’.
Martinelli has just come back from a long-term knee injury, so any setback now will feel even more draining on the highly-rated talent.
Former Liverpool midfielder Murphy heaped praise on Martinelli’s talents and shared that from his perspective the potential injury to the Brazilian doesn’t look good.
“I really, really hope for him that it’s not as bad as it looks,” said Murphy. “He was really upset and I always think that players now. The reaction tells you a lot.
“He was trying to test the knee when he stood up but it didn’t feel good for him.
“We will keep our fingers crossed because he’s a super talent and I really enjoy watching him play.”
Ever since Martinelli has come back from injury, he has helped lift this previously confidence-stricken Arsenal side and added much-needed life and freshness.
Along with Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith-Rowe and Kieran Tierney, they were shedding some light onto the Arsenal fans, who were beginning to get worried about where they were heading.
Hopefully, the £6 million man [Telegraph] will be back in no time because with Martinelli in the starting XI, it turns Arsenal into a more forward-thinking and fearless side.