Mikel Arteta Issues Gabriel Martinelli, Bukayo Saka update following Sheffield United rout

According to sportsmole, Mikel Arteta has issued a health update on Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka following Arsenal’s record-breaking 6-0 Premier League triumph against Sheffield United on Monday night. Both wingers were given starts at Bramall Lane and scored two goals apiece as the Gunners raced to a five-goal lead after 39 minutes in a thrilling first half performance.

After Martin Odegaard scored Arsenal’s first goal in the fifth minute, Saka surged down the right wing and produced a dangerous cross to the back post, which was turned into his own net by Blades defender Jayden Bogle. Martinelli then scored Arsenal’s 300th Premier League goal under Arteta with a deflected strike at the near post on 15 minutes, before helping Kai Havertz in drilling a precise left-footed shot into the bottom corner before the half-hour mark.

Saka then provided his second assist of the night, receiving the ball on the right channel inside the penalty box and picking up Declan Rice to coolly score in the far corner. After a promising opening 45 minutes for the Gunners, Saka was replaced at halftime by Fabio Vieira, and Martinelli walked out with a foot injury midway through the second half, just after Ben White scored a great sixth for the visitors.

Arteta has already provided an update on both players, noting that Saka was feeling poorly on the night and Martinelli had a cut on his right foot. “[Saka] was feeling a little unwell. In addition, we had Fabio who needed to play minutes,” Arteta told Sky Sports in a post-match interview. “We had a small difficulty with Gabi Martinelli. He got a small cut in his foot, so we’ll see how it goes.”

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in a bright note, midfielder Thomas Partey came in as a second-half replacement for Arsenal, making his first game since October 8 after a protracted absence due to injury. “Today, Thomas is certainly available to play a specific number of minutes. This was his first few minutes after four months. “Then, like everyone else, he’ll have to earn the right to play more minutes,” Arteta added.

“I’m really happy with the players that played, really happy to get some players back after a long time, like Fabio [Vieira], like Thomas [Partey] and then maintain the momentum.”Now [the emphasis is on] Brentford. We enjoy it now, and tomorrow is Brentford, Brentford, Brentford, and so on.”

Arsenal, who have won all seven Premier League games since the turn of the year and scored 31 goals in the process, are still third in the table after their crushing victory against Sheffield United, one point behind Manchester City in second and two behind leaders Liverpool. Arteta will aim to have both Saka and Martinelli available for Saturday’s home game against the Bees, before Arsenal hosts Porto three days later for the second leg of their Champions League last-16 contest at the Emirates Stadium.

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