Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has admitted that winger Gabriel Martinelli has been struggling with fitness lately.
The Brazilian was ill this week and nursed a calf injury he sustained in their clash with Leeds United on October 16.
However, he felt better by the time their UEFA Europa League encounter against PSV Eindhoven rolled around on October 20. Martinelli was subbed in the closing stages of the Europa League game.
Ahead of Arsenal's Premier League visit to Southampton on October 23, Arteta provided a health update on the 21-year-old, saying (via The Boot Room):
“Yeah, he came on yesterday (against PSV). He had a tough week, he wasn’t feeling great during the week. But towards the day b psg messi away jersey efore the game, he was already feeling better and that’s why we decided to play him a little bit.”
It's not clear if he's going to start on Sunday but Arteta's words certainly sound positive and Martinelli could play a part at the Saint Mary's Stadium.
His availability spells good news for Arsenal as he's been an important play lionel messi signed jersey er in the squad with four goals and two assists in 10 Premier League games this season.
Arteta also reflected on the fitness of Bukayo Saka and Oleksandr Zinchenko, two players who've also struggled with fitness lately.
On Saka, he said:
“I think he’s fine. I think he was struggling a bit at the end [against PSV], but hopefully he will be fine for Sunday.”
Speaking about Zinchenko, the Spaniard added:
“I think he’s close [to returning]. He’s getting better and better and he’s progressing really well. He had a setback on the injury that he had at the start of the season, which is psg pink away kit a shame, but knowing Alex, he will be back very soon."
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