Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has been boosted by the postive scan results of Gabriel Martinelli.
Former Gunners skipper Arteta was left devastated by the tears of the Brazilian forward after he went down in agony during their pre-match warm up before beating Newcastle on Saturday.
Although Arteta believed that the Brazilian was set for another lengthy spell on the sidelines, the scan results have handed the former Manchester City coach with an unexpected boost.
The Spaniard, who will watch his side take on Crystal Palace on Thursday, has also been handed updates on the plights of both Thomas Partey and Gabriel Magalhaes.
The Guardian have reported that a scan found no severe damage to Martinelli’s ankle.
Although the 19-year-old will certainly miss their upcoming fixture, their initial fears have been eased after Arteta was left fearing another disruption to his plans.
Martinelli only recently returned to first-team action following a long-term knee injury, and is yet to score during his four outings so far this season after managing 10 in 2019/20.
Arteta had said of Martinelli after his side reached the FA Cup Fourth Round: ”I am gutted.
“I was in my office before the game and one of the coaches came in and told me that Gabi had hurt himself, that he'd twisted his ankle. I went to the medical room and he was in tears.
“He was in a lot of pain and we're going to have to see how he is. It didn't look good. He was in pain so I imagine that we're not going to have good news with him."
In addition, Partey and Gabriel are both set to be available to take on Palace, as will Rob Holding who will be feeling good after signing a contract extension which runs until 2024.
“Since I started as manager I have been hugely impressed with Rob’s contribution to the club and the dressing room.” Arteta said.
“The quality of his work every day on the training pitches is excellent and he is translating this into consistently high performances in matches.”
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