Arsenal star Gabriel Martinelli could miss rest of the season after visiting knee specialist

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Gabriel Martinelli could miss the next six weeks (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta could be without Gabriel Martinelli for the remaining weeks of the season as the club fear the Brazilian has sustained knee cartilage damage.

The wonderkid was a notable omission in the ten substitutes that Arteta has made so far in Arsenal’s first two fixtures.

Many supporters have been left perplexed as to why Martinelli has not featured, particularly against Brighton on Saturday when only a win would do for the Gunners.

However, the Athletic report that Martinelli may now miss the remainder of the campaign after he pulled up after training with a knee complaint.

Martinelli completed the training session but he was sent for a scan immediately afterwards as he complained about discomfort around his knee.

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Arteta has already lost four players in a week (Picture: Getty)

It’s claimed that it’s likely that Martinelli has sustained cartilage damage and even the best conclusions are likely to see him miss the bulk of the remainder of the season.

On a statement on Arsenal’s website, the Gunners confirmed cartilage damage had been sustained and that the club await results from the scan.

‘Left knee. Sustained cartilage injury during training on Sunday. Further assessments and tests to take place in forthcoming days,’ a statement read.

It’s the latest blow for Arteta, who has already lost the likes of Bernd Leno, Granit Xhaka and Pablo Mari since the season resumed last Wednesday in a 3-0 defeat against Manchester City.

Arsenal await the results of Leno’s scan on his knee, though there’s early suggestions that the German’s injury may not be quite as bad as first feared.

The Gunners take on Southampton on the south coast on Wednesday with the Saints needing a win to draw level with Arsenal in tenth.

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