Arsenal chief medical officer provides injury update on Gabriel Martinelli and Oleksandr Zinchenko
Martinelli was hit hard by Moises Caicedo and was substituted in the 20th minute of Arsenal’s 3-0 loss to Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League.
When asked about the Brazilian attacker’s condition, Arsenal’s chief medical officer, Gary Odriscoll, said: “He has a bruise. It was a very bad foul. He’s a little bruised, but probably OK, I think he’ll be back before the end of the season.
Odriiscoll added of Zinchenko: “Not sure about him yet, we’ll see. Everyone fights to get back on the pitch for the next game.”
The defeat leaves Arsenal four points behind Manchester City and one game more to go, with just two games remaining.
Seven of Arsenal’s first nine games of this Premier League season featured a goal contribution from Granit Xhaka or Garbiel Martinelli. During a run. Which Arsenal have dropped points in three of their last five Premier League matches. The pair have provided just one goal contribution.
Mikel Arteta’s team are enduring their first frustrating period of the campaign, and the lack of attacking threat from their left flank has noted. In Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Brentford, Martinelli was Arsenal’s first player substituted, Replaced by goalscorer Leandro Trossard. That goal was created by a combination involving Martin Odegaard and Bukayo Saka down the right.
Martinelli’s slight dip can partly explained by Gabriel Jesus’ absence. While Eddie Nketiah has deputised admirably. He is less comfortable drifting into wide positions and allowing Martinelli to switch into the centre. When Nketiah does show wide. He tends to favour linking with Saka on the right. Martinelli and Jesus played with wonderful synergy in the season’s early months, and Arsenal’s left-winger is missing his compatriot.