Martinelli provides promising injury update and admits he’s no longer "scared"

Gabriel Martinelli says he'll soon be kicking a ball again as the young Arsenal forward targets a return from a serious knee injury.

The 19-year-old forward was ruled out until the end of the year when he injured his left knee in training in June, shortly after the Premier League resumed following the coronavirus crisis.

The news came as a major blow to the Gunners after the Brazilian teenager had enjoyed a stellar first season in English football, scoring 10 goals in all competitions as he had muscled his way into a forward line which includes the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe.

Martinelli is now on the road to recovery though, and says he is no longer concerned that he is putting too much strain on the knee.

“I’m feeling very well, I’m regaining confidence and I can feel my knee is better,” the forward told the Arsenal website.

“After an injury like this you are kind of scared to force the knee again but the past couple of weeks it has been fine and soon I can start training with the ball."

The Brazilian added that he is desperate to get back the Gunners first-team as the club continue to impress under Mikel Arteta, with Martinelli missing out on August's FA Cup win and the start of the new season.

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“I think we have an excellent squad and along with Mikel’s forward thinking and winning mentality we can carry on doing well," he added.

“We are playing well and training well, everyone wants to win and we are all giving everything.

"I believe this season is very promising. We won trophies last season and I believe we can win this season again and also qualify for the Champions League.”

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