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Arsenal star on crutches after Brentford win and is a doubt for FC Porto clash

Arsenal star was spotted using a protective boot and relying on crutches after Arsenal beat Brentford on Saturday and is a doubt against Porto.

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Arsenal forward Gabriel Martinelli is a big doubt for Tuesday’s Champions League clash against Porto, having been spotted on crutches over the weekend. The Brazilian forward missed the weekend’s victory over Brentford at the Emirates Stadium due to a ‘foot issue’ sustained during the Sheffield United match last week, where he had to be helped off the pitch late in the game.

The severity of Martinelli’s injury seems to be more significant than initially anticipated. The winger suffered a deep cut, however it’s taking a little longer to heal than first expected.

During Saturday’s win against Brentford, he was seen wearing a protective boot and relying on crutches for support. If he fails to recover in time, the Gunners could face a setback in their bid to overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first leg against Portuguese giants Porto.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta had expressed optimism about Martinelli’s chances of featuring against Brentford before the match, stating, “We had Martinelli and Bukayo [Saka] with little issues. We’re pretty positive that hopefully they can be part of that. But we’ll have to see how they feel.”

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However, the absence of Martinelli could prove to be a big blow, considering his impressive season record of eight goals and five assists in 32 games across all competitions.

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Gabriel Martinelli is a major doubt ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League game against FC Porto (Image credit: Getty Images)

In the absence of Martinelli, Arsenal managed to secure a late victory against Brentford. Declan Rice provided the lead, but an error from Aaron Ramsdale allowed Yoane Wissa to equalise. The hero of the day turned out to be German forward Kai Havertz, whose 86th-minute header secured the crucial win for the Gunners.

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Speaking after the match, Arteta expressed his satisfaction, saying, “It felt great. Obviously, we had to dig in and earn the right to win it. I’m really pleased with the performance, the maturity and control that we showed and how we overcame difficulties. If you want to be up there, you have to win these types of games. The team showed that it has the tools and the determination to do so.”

Following the Porto clash, Arsenal will have a break from action as the weekend fixture against Chelsea has been postponed due to Chelsea’s FA Cup quarter-final tie with Leicester. The international break will then precede a potentially title-deciding showdown with Manchester City at the Etihad at the end of the month. Arteta will be hopeful that Martinelli can recover in time for this crucial encounter.

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  1. Dako Charles

    March 10, 2024 at 6:54 pm

    Funny article. The headlines makes us believe Martineli was injured aganist Brenford. Rubbish

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