Gabriel Martinelli’s return for Arsenal can’t come soon enough.
The Brazilian has been out of action since June after suffering a knee injury in training, which required him to undergo surgery.
Initially there were fears that Martinelli could be out for the rest of 2020, but the talent is back in training with the Gunners and looks like he could soon be available again for Mikel Arteta.
That will be a welcome boost for the Spaniard, who has watched his team struggle to score goals this season.
Martinelli proved his goal threat last term by scoring 10 goals in all competitions, and many people were impressed with what he brought to the table despite his tender years.
One man who seemingly rates Martinelli very highly is former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand.
The BT Sport pundit was speaking about the South American during on Instagram Live session.
“To be 18-years-old, doing what he’s doing,” he said. “The goal against Chelsea alone, he runs from the edge of his box – a set-piece against his team – he takes it to the other end.
“Normally, your legs are gone by then, you’ve got no energy and no juice in your legs, but he has the composure to slot it.
“Great player, but the awareness of the way he plays, the way he moves on the pitch, the intelligence to receive the ball, the positions he takes up.
“It’s mad. He’s a mature player for such a young kid.”
TBR’s View – Arsenal miss Martinelli
Martinelli’s seemingly imminent return is a massive boost for Arsenal.
Things just haven’t been clicking for the Gunners in the final third, but the directness and invention Martinelli brings could get the team back to where they want to be.
The £6 million signing’s return (Telegraph) could also be what encourages Arteta to move Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang into a more central position, which is something some supporters have been crying out for.