Gabriel picked up a knee injury in training that required surgery, so when do Arsenal expect the Brazilian to return to training and be available for selection?

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 18: Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal reacts after a challenge during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Sheffield United at Emirates Stadium on January 18, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 18: Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal reacts after a challenge during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Sheffield United at Emirates Stadium on January 18, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Gabriel Martinelli last played on 2 March 2020 as Arsenal beat Portsmouth 2-0 at Fratton Park to make the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

The 19-year-old started that game and played the full 90 minutes and, in total, he started 15 games in his first season with Arsenal, playing the full 90 12 times.

After the game against Pompey, Martinelli picked up a cartilage problem in his left knee, during training, that required arthroscopic surgery to repair the lesion.

The procedure took place in the last week of June, nearly four months after his injury, indicating the club had hoped to avoid medical intervention.

Gabriel Martinelli after surgery
Gabriel Martinelli after surgery

Gabriel was still in a knee brace at the end of July and is not expected to return to full training until the end of 2020. He will then need time to regain full match fitness meaning we won’t see him play for Arsenal until 2021.

He was receiving daily ‘specialist attention and support’ from Arsenal’s medical team at London Colney but he’s not back in Brazil until the end of the month.

The latest Arsenal update said, “Successful arthroscopic procedure undertaken to repair a lesion in the cartilage of the left knee. Has been receiving extensive treatment and support from our medical team every day at London Colney in the early stages of recovery.

“Is currently in Brazil visiting family and following a tailored daily rehab and fitness programme and is due back in the UK on August 31.

“On return, will step up his rehab with the aim of a return to full training by the end of the calendar year.”

Martinelli, if you missed it, just launched his official Twitter account.

Speaking on TV while home in Brazil, Martinelli said, “On 21st June I got hurt in training and I had surgery and for a month I couldn’t even put my foot on the floor- but for the last week I have been able to. I’ve started to walk again, doing the basics and re-learning how to walk.”

Gabriel Martinelli 19/20 stats

Gabriel Martinelli injury: When will he return?
LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 18: Gabriel Martinelli has a shot on goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Sheffield United at Emirates Stadium on January 18, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Martinelli arrived in the summer of 2019 and signed a new deal with the club at the start of July, 2020.

His new Arsenal deal reportedly takes him to 2024, with a club option to extend to 2025.

No-one predicted how quickly he would become a first-team regular, so his previous wages reflected that. Reports in early 2020 suggested he was ‘only’ earning £10,000-a-week.

It is believed Martinelli now earns £30kpw with his new Arsenal deal.

Here’s why:

Gabriel Martinelli 19/20 stats
Gabriel Martinelli 19/20 stats

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