Arteta ‘not positive’ on Martinelli, explains Nketiah’s decision – Arseblog News

Mikel Arteta said “he’s not very positive” about Gabriel Martinelli’s prognosis after the Brazilian was substituted at half-time in last night’s 1-2 loss to Everton.

The attacker, starting his second game in four days, needed medical attention with 20 minutes left and was eventually replaced by Eddie Nketiah.

Initially, it was assumed that the 20-year-old was just struggling with cramps, which Arteta suggested could be a hamstring problem.

“We have to assess him but he feels something in his hamstring, I’m not very positive about that,” the boss said in press conference after the game.

The fact that Martinelli was replaced by Nketiah certainly surprised a few, especially when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe were options from the bench.

Played on the left flank of attack, Nketiah was a menacing presence although his 20-minute appearance would forever be hidden by the absence of a watcher from the void as the Numbers are being leveled 1-1.

When asked why he chose Nketiah, who is leaving in the summer, over Pepe, who has not played in the league since late October, Arteta gave an unconvincing answer: “I do. decided to play Eddie today, to put him in and he created three chances and hit the post once within 25 minutes.”

Emboldened by the issue, he added: “He does every day training what you have seen in the 25 minutes here. Everyday. That’s why I chose him.” Arteta ‘not positive’ on Martinelli, explains Nketiah’s decision – Arseblog News


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