Mikel Arteta has revealed that Gabriel Martinelli stunned him and the membership medics by declaring himself match regardless of struggling a hamstring damage.
The Brazilian winger stole the present by coming off the bench and scoring the successful purpose towards Manchester Metropolis on Sunday night.
Martinelli was a significant doubt for the sport because it was assumed he wouldn’t have the ability to get better from his hamstring damage in time to hitch up with the squad.
The winger picked up the damage towards Everton final month and has solely been in a position to prepare with the squad as soon as since that recreation.
After approaching for Leandro Trossard at half-time, he made an immediate impression and would go on to attain the successful purpose within the 86th minute courtesy of a Nathan Ake deflection.
Talking after the sport Arteta revealed that ‘no person anticipated him to be within the group’.
‘The officers weren’t having it. He stated, “I’m gonna be there, I’m gonna be there.” he instructed Sky Sports.
‘Yesterday he turned up. He was in coaching. He stated he was able to go. Leo received injured and we wanted him. I seemed and he was dressed up and able to go.’