EPL: Arsenal now have a “new” player to end goal drought


English Premier League outfit Arsenal now have what looks like a new signing in the team with the return of Brazilian international Gabriel Martinelli from his long-term injury.

The 19-year-old striker has been out of action for the last five months with a knee injury and he is now available for selection after having a training session with the senior team before the Europa League game against Dundalk.

The Gunners fans might not see Gabriel Martinelli in action for the next couple of weeks because of the need to return to full fitness and integrate into the team but they can be sure of more options at the attack that can help solve the problem of lack of cutting edge in the team.

The North London outfit have been battling with goal scoring as they have only recorded eight of them in their first six Premier League games this season, the fewest the club have recorded since the inception of the tournament in 1992.

Gabriel Martinelli was a revelation for Arsenal last season as he got the first-team opportunity to deliver impressive performances with ten goals in 26 appearances across all competitions. Fans will only expect more of this when he fully returns to action.

The Brazilian U-23 star told the club’s official website last week that “I feel very well”

“I’m regaining confidence and I can feel my knee is better. After an injury like this you are kind of scared to force the knee gain but the past couple of weeks it has been fine. Soon I can start training with the ball” he said.

The Gunners need a little freshness and spark in the attack and Gabriel Martinelli could be the man to do this with Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang not in their best form at the moment.


Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.