- Gabriel Martinelli's season has come to an end after undergoing surgery on his knee
- The Brazilian striker missed Arsenal's trip to Southampton after suffering the injury in training
- Martinelli has scored ten goals since his arrival from Brazilain lower league side Ituano
Gabriel Martinelli will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing successful knee surgery.
The 19-year-old sustained the injury while in training which ruled him out of the game with Southampton at Saint Mary's.
Arsenal made the announcement on Tuesday, June 23, but have now confirmed he would remain on the sidelines for the rest of the campaign.
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Martinelli joined the Gunners from Brazilian lower league side Ituano last summer and has been impressive so far.
Arsenal released a statement on the striker: "Left knee. Sustained injury during training on 21 June. Successful arthroscopic procedure undertaken to repair a lesion in the cartilage of the left knee. Will not be available for the current schedule of remaining 2019/20 matches."
The Brazilian star is the second-highest scoring player at the club with ten goals, only Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored more than the youngster.
Martinelli will be missed in Arsenal's quarter-final FA Cup clash with Sheffield United but his compatriot David Luiz will return to action after serving a two-match suspension.
Meanwhile, Portuguese star Cedric Soares could be handed a rare start for the Gunners after recovering from a facial injury.
The right-back made his January loan move from Southampton permanent after signing a contract extension at the Emirates.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Gabriel Martinelli is the latest casualty at Arsenal after suffering a knee injury in training that could rule him out for months.
The 19-year-old clashed with a teammate during their training session and damaged his cartilage making him the fourth player in the club to get injured since the resumption of the season.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta released a statement: "We had some really bad news again yesterday. In training in the last action he got hit by another player and he’s damaged his knee. The doctor is assessing the extent of the injury, but it’s not looking good at all. We don’t know (how long he’s going to be out for), but it’s looking like months."
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