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Mikel Arteta has admitted the injury that Gabriel Martinelli sustained during Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat at Everton on Monday night is a concerning blow, via quotes by

The Gunners boss awarded Martinelli back-to-back Premier League starts for the first time since August at Goodison Park. But the 20-year-old had to come off on 71-minutes after feeling an issue in his hamstring earlier in the second-half.

Martinelli retained a starting role after returning to the Arsenal side at Manchester United last Thursday. He replaced Bukayo Saka in the XI at Old Trafford, but switched wings to the left on Merseyside in place of Emile Smith Rowe with the England ace nursing a tight groin.

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Arteta last started Martinelli in back-to-back league matches in Arsenal’s first two games in August. He also only handed the Brazilian 37-minutes between facing Chelsea and United.

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Martinelli may now face another wait for substantial minutes as the injury he sustained at Everton worries Arsenal boss Arteta. The Gunners will now assess the gripe before hosting Southampton at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

“I don’t know [if he is okay], we will have to assess him,” Arteta said. “He felt something in his hamstring, so I’m not very positive about it.”

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Injury blow will be gutting for Martinelli after Arsenal revival

Martinelli’s injury forcing Arteta to overlook the Arsenal ace again will bitterly disappoint the £90k-a-week forward. He had offered a good attacking threat in his outings over recent weeks to stake a claim for starting roles.

The Tokyo Olympic gold medallist shone from the bench to score a sublime goal at home to Newcastle. He then thrilled in his first start since August at Old Trafford in a dynamic show.

Arteta did not see Martinelli play at his absolute best as Arsenal laboured before sustaining an injury against Everton. Yet the forward still contributed with plenty of direct running and showed he could have offered more had the Gunners managed to provide better service.

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