Mikel Arteta has sent a warning to Arsenal fans over returning star Gabriel Martinelli after the youngsters lengthy lay off.
Martinelli made his long-awaited return during the 2-1 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday.
The Brazilian had been out of action since since June after requiring knee surgery following an injury he picked up in training.
But Martinelli finally appears to be back to full fitness, and could start in the quarter-final clash against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday evening.
The Gunners have been extremely limp in front of goal this season, and the 19-year-old’s return has left many excited for a revival in the Arsenal attack.
But Arteta has warned fans not to expect too much from the teenager straight away.
“We cannot put that pressure on his shoulders, I don’t think it’s fair for him," said Arteta.
“He brings that enthusiasm that the fans can see because he’s got something special. He’s got a special energy every time he steps on that field.
“But remember that what Gabi has done in the Premier League in the time he has been with us is very limited and let him develop like we are doing with many other young kids we have here.
“It’s the same with many other young players who are taking more responsibility than they should do in this moment.
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“But this is the squad that we have at the moment and what we have to manage.
“They have to try to do their best but I don’t think it’s fair to put all the pressure on them as well.”
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