Arsenal forward Gabriel Martinelli has handed the club fitness boost as he says he is “alright to play” on Thursday in the Europa against Slavia Prague.
The 19-year-old who made just another Premier League start since his last time in late January against Sheffield United on Sunday scored his first goal in about 15 months.
But the Brazilian was replaced in the 83rd minute by Mohamed Elneny after he appeared to have taken a knock to the ankle, creating concerns that he had suffered an injury setback following his long-term knee issue last year.
Martinelli speaking to the club’s official website when asked if he had a problem said: “No, I am alright to play on Thursday.
“I am feeling a bit tired but I’m so happy with the goal and even happier with the victory and the three points.
“I work every single day in training, you need to prepare yourself because when Mikel [Arteta] needs you, you need to be there to play and show something.”
Arsenal’s season is still on the line following a 1-1 draw last week at the Emirates against Slavia Prague and would need to turn it around if they travel to Czech Republic on Thursday to play in the return leg.
Mikel Arteta still has injury and illness concerns with the likes of Kieran Tierney, David Luiz, Martin Ødegaard, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Emile Smith Rowe out and Bukayo Saka who was subbed off with thigh discomfort.
Arteta will be expecting his side to turn their fortunes in Czech Republic and face either former Arsenal manager Unai Emery’s side, Villarreal or Dinamo Zagreb.