Mikel Arteta provides injury update on £90,000-a-week forward

Gabriel Martinelli will only be sidelined for a few days with the London giants confirming that the forward’s injury is not as bad a first feared, though he misses Thursday’s game with Crystal Palace. Gabriel rolled his ankle in the warm-up before facing Magpies in the FA Cup third round on Saturday and had to be pulled from the starting line-up.

U23 Brazil international was left in tears and watched the match on crutches, with the Spanish manager initially worried that he could face another long spell out of action, though he was more optimistic at his press conference on Monday ahead of facing Crystal Palace.

The London giants have now received the results of his scan and found no serious issues, with Martinelli returning to training in the coming days and expected to be back in action in Monday’s PL game with Newcastle.

An official update from the club explained: ‘Gabi turned his right ankle during the warm-up against Newcastle United on Saturday and was subsequently taken out of the starting line-up.’

Mikel Arteta is close to having a fully fit squad with defender Gabriel Magalhaes and midfielder Thomas Partey both overcoming their own issues and the duo could come back into the squad against Palace. ‘Gabriel is now back in full training and is available for selection for Thursday’s match,’ the club confirmed.

After enduring a poor run of results at the backend of last year, Gunners have won their last three PL games on the spin and secured a 2-0 victory over Newcastle in the FA Cup, with European qualification now firmly back on the agenda.