Arsenal injury news – Striker suffers knee injury, positive update on Bernd Leno, and midfielder back in training

The Gunners have were already beset with injury crisis before another of their star players suffered a problem that might rule him out for the remainder of the season.

Arsenal striker Gabriel Martinelli could miss the remainder of the 2019/20 season after suffering a knee injury in training on Tuesday, as per The Athletic.

The report adds that while the Brazilian completed the training session, he reported discomfort afterwards and immediately underwent a scan.

Early signs aren’t promising as the scan has reportedly indicated that the 19-year-old has suffered meniscus damage which, if confirmed by a knee specialist, would mean that the Brazilian has kicked his last ball for the Gunners in the ongoing campaign.

Martinelli was one of the few players for Arsenal who saw his reputation go through the roof with his performances before the lockdown. The 19-year-old had scored 10 goals in 26 appearances for the Gunners before the suspension of football in March.

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The 19-year-old has scored 10 goals in 26 appearances this season (Image Copyright: imago images Paul Terry / Sportimage)

Top News 2: Positive update on Bernd Leno

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Leno has made the 2nd most number of saves in the Premier League this season (Image Copyright: imago images / PA Images xGarethxFuller/NMCxPoolx 54231616)
The German goalkeeper was on the receiving end of a Neal Maupay challenge that forced him to land awkwardly on his right leg, raising fears that he might be out for a long-term.

Arsenal have received much-needed positive injury news on Bernd Leno after detailed assessments concluded that the German didn't suffer ligament damage during the Gunners 2-1 defeat at Brighton on Saturday.

The 28-year-old shot-stopper had to be stretchered away after Brighton striker Neal Maupay clattered into him as the German was trying to hold on to an airborne ball. The clash disoriented Leno who landed with his right leg in an awkward position before immediately asking for medical assistance.

It was initially feared that the goalkeeper had suffered permanent ligament damage and that he could be out for the remainder of the year. However, as one news outlet has now claimed, the Germany international will only miss six weeks of action.

While the news is much better than most Gunners' faithful initially feared, it is still a huge blow to Mikel Arteta who is trying to help his side get back into the top half of the table.


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Top News 3: Xhaka back in training

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The Switzerland international was stretchered off in the early stages of Arsenal’s 3-0 defeat away at Manchester City on the opening day of Premier League’s restart.

Mikel Arteta has received a double-injury boost in the space of a single day as after receiving news that the injury suffered by Bernd Leno isn’t as bad as initially feared, the Spanish manager will be delighted to welcome midfielder Granit Xhaka back in full training.

The Switzerland international has enjoyed a rollercoaster relationship with the Gunners fanbase, most of whom blamed him for their side’s poor start to the season. This led to Xhaka telling the Arsenal fans to f*** off during his side’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace in October last year.

However, the relationship between him and the Arsenal fans has improved somewhat following the arrival of Mikel Arteta. It has also seen the Switzerland international put in what many claim his best performances in the Gunners’ colors.

Arsenal have lost none of the 9 games and kept clean sheets in four of them in which Xhaka has completed 90 minutes for them this season. Conversely, in the 3 games in which he failed to last the whole match, the Gunners lost all three, conceding one goal every 34 minutes.

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