Arsenal have confirmed teenage forward Gabriel Martinelli is unlikely to return to training until the end of 2020 after undergoing successful surgery on a knee injury.

Martinelli joined Arsenal from Brazilian side Ituano last year and scored 10 goals in 26 games before damaging the cartilage in his left knee during a training session on June 21.

The 19-year-old, who signed a long-term deal two weeks ago, was initially ruled out for "two to three months" but it has now been revealed he may not return to competitive action until next year.

An injury update on Arsenal's official website on Thursday read: "He's currently recovering in a knee brace after his operation, which took place during the last week of June.

"The surgery was successful, with consultants and our medical team very encouraged with Gabi's current progress at this stage of his recovery.

"He is currently at our training centre every day receiving specialist attention and support from our medical team.

"He will continue his recovery throughout the close season, with the aim of a return to full training by the end of 2020."

Arsenal also provided an update on Pablo Mari's condition, with the defender targeting a September return after damaging his ankle ligaments in last month's defeat to Manchester City.

"He is now off crutches after surgery and moving freely without aid," the statement read.

"He has returned home to Spain for a short period, where he continues to receive specialist attention and extensive therapy.

"He will return to the UK later in July to resume his rehabilitation at our training centre throughout the close season, with the aim of returning to full training in September." 

Arsenal will be without Gabriel Martinelli for the rest of the season due to a knee injury.

Brazilian forward Martinelli underwent surgery after damaging the cartilage in his left knee during a training session on Sunday.

The 19-year-old has scored 10 goals in 26 appearances in all competitions since arriving from Ituano ahead of the 2019-20 season.

Arsenal are hopeful he will be able to return to full training in "two to three months".

Pablo Mari is facing the same amount of time on the sidelines after having a procedure on his left ankle due to a significant ligament sprain against Manchester City last week.

Mikel Arteta will have Kieran Tierney available for Sunday's FA Cup quarter-final at Sheffield United, though, with the left-back having overcome the cramping that forced him off against Southampton on Thursday.

Cedric Soares could make his first appearance since January against the Blades after going under the knife due to a nasal fracture.

David Luiz is also clear to play after serving a two-game suspension for his red card in the defeat to City, while Lucas Torreira is expected to return to full training in the coming days.

David Luiz has signed a new one-year contract with Arsenal, who have extended Dani Ceballos' loan and agreed permanent deals with Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares.

A pre-season signing from Chelsea, David Luiz has endured mixed form with the Gunners and produced an error-strewn display in last Wednesday's loss to Manchester City before being sent off.

Despite that, technical director Edu described the experienced defender as a key player for the club, whose hopes of Champions League qualification suffered a further blow after Saturday's loss to Brighton and Hove Albion.

"David is a really important player for us," he told the club's official website. "He has played most of our matches this season and has been important for the team. 

"His passing, his communication with the team on and off the pitch. He helps everyone."


Fellow defenders Mari and Cedric will complete permanent moves from Flamengo and Southampton respectively when the transfer window opens next month on what the club describe as "long-term" deals.

Midfielder Ceballos, meanwhile, will remain on loan from Real Madrid until the end of the 2019-20 campaign.

Mari suffered an ankle injury against City and is set for at least a couple of months on the sidelines, while Cedric is close to making his debut after a facial injury.

Edu was delighted to retain their services, along with those of Ceballos.

"With Pablo we're all disappointed he got injured at Manchester City," he said. "Since Mikel [Arteta] arrived here he was asking for a central defender who was left-footed. 

"We were really pleased with Pablo - his behaviour, the way he is training, his mentality and his quality. Unfortunately, he has that injury but of course we are really happy to keep him for the future.

"Cedric is also going to be an important player. He has been unlucky with the injuries but he is close to being ready and gives us more strength in the right-back position. 

"We're also pleased Dani will finish the season here. He is making a good contribution and we look forward to him having a strong finish to the season."

David Luiz has signed a new one-year contract with Arsenal, who have extended Dani Ceballos' loan and agreed permanent deals with Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares.

Arsenal have confirmed Pablo Mari has suffered a "significant" ankle injury, while Granit Xhaka will be out of action for at least two weeks.

Midfielder Xhaka collided with team-mate Matteo Guendouzi and had to be replaced by Dani Ceballos just eight minutes into the Gunners' 3-0 Premier League defeat at Manchester City on Wednesday.

Mari pulled up after chasing City full-back Kyle Walker and went off for David Luiz, who endued a nightmare performance at the Etihad Stadium.

On Friday, Arsenal confirmed Xhaka has sprained his right ankle and should be back in training in a fortnight.

Mari, however, is undergoing further specialist treatment due to damage to his left ankle.

The news is a blow to Mikel Arteta, who is already without a number of first-team players.

Calum Chambers is not expected to play again in 2019-20 as he recovers from an anterior cruciate ligament tear suffered in December, while Sokratis Papastathopoulos is sidelined for up to two weeks with a thigh strain.

Cedric Soares will not resume training until at least end of June, compounding Arsenal's defensive problems.

Midfielder Lucas Torreira, meanwhile, is still recovering from an ankle fracture and is not expected to be back until July.

Arteta's side are ninth in the Premier League with nine games remaining, eight points adrift of the top four.

Arsenal loanee Pablo Mari wants to continue working with head coach Mikel Arteta for years and hopes to win the Premier League with the club.

Former Manchester City defender Mari joined Arsenal from Flamengo in January on a temporary deal until the end of the 2019-20 season.

After a couple of appearances for the Under-23s, the 26-year-old made his first-team debut in a 2-0 FA Cup win at Portsmouth on March 2.

Mari then played the full 90 minutes as the Gunners overcame West Ham 1-0 in the final game before the coronavirus pandemic brought the season to a halt.

The Spaniard has reiterated his desire to make his stay at Emirates Stadium permanent, highlighting the impact Arteta has already had on his game.

"[Arteta] has done really well so far. I'm really happy to work with him," Mari told Sky Sports.

"He has helped me with my weaknesses and improved the strengths. I hope I can work with him a lot of years.

"I have a lot of things to learn but I think my football can be really good with the Arsenal.

"I hope the club and I can go at the end [of the season] with good things to do the permanent transfer. We will see what happens because at the moment with the virus it is difficult."

Asked what his ambition for his career is, Mari replied: "To win the Premier League or try to go to the Champions League with the Arsenal. Also to go to the national team."

The Premier League confirmed on Friday it remains committed to completing the 2019-20 season but no date for its resumption has been set after it acknowledged returning to play in early May was not feasible.

Arsenal loanee Pablo Mari is determined to secure a permanent transfer to the Premier League side from Flamengo at the end of the season.

Mari swapped Brazilian champions Flamengo for Arsenal on an initial loan deal during the January transfer window and the defender has impressed.

In his two appearances for Arsenal, Spanish centre-back Mari has helped Mikel Arteta's side keep consecutive clean sheets.

"Yeah, of course," Mari told reporters when asked if he wants to join Arsenal permanently after Saturday's 1-0 win over West Ham.

"I am so happy here. I am going to try and do my best until the end of the season.

"I hope also the club is happy with me and then we are going to find a good end for everybody.

"I want to play in one of the best leagues in the world and I am now here. I am going to do my best for the team, for the club, to win a lot of games and also for the fans to enjoy with me."

Arsenal are ninth in the Premier League after 28 matches, eight points adrift of London rivals Chelsea – who occupy the fourth and final Champions League place.

Arteta's Arsenal travel to Etihad Stadium to face second-placed Manchester City on Wednesday.

 

Mikel Arteta applauded Alexandre Lacazette's attitude after he came off the bench to score Arsenal's winner against West Ham.

France international Lacazette was left on the bench in favour of Eddie Nketiah, who was making his third Premier League start since returning from a short loan spell with Leeds United in January.

With the match still goalless approaching the hour mark, Arteta looked to Lacazette and he took the place of Nketiah – the former Lyon striker eventually sealing victory for the Gunners 12 minutes from time.

Arteta explained his choice of Nketiah came down to the profile of defender Arsenal were set to face, but he was impressed by Lacazette's focus and concentration despite likely frustration at not starting.

"I have two strikers at the moment that are making life difficult for me, but at the same time it's very good," Arteta told reporters.

"They are both scoring, they are both in a good moment. I decided to play Eddie today for the type of defenders they had and the game plan we had, but knowing that we needed Laca [Lacazette] in the final moments.

"He was ready to do that. I saw it straight away the moment I was talking with him, giving him instructions on the touchline.

"He was alert, focused and I could see in his face he was really determined to come out there and score the goal like he did."

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang started on the left flank once again, but Arteta conceded he is using the Gabon forward and Gabriel Martinelli out wide due to a lack of options.

When asked if he sees Aubameyang and Martinelli as central forwards, Arteta said: "They are, but with the squad balance we have at the moment, to play in that position on the left, we don't have five players because we're using one of them to play as a left-back who is not a left-back.

"So, we're just trying to adapt to the situation we have. We try to put in the team players that have a goal threat, that can be successful for the team and that's part of managing the players that we have."

January signing Pablo Mari made his second successive start and earned another clean sheet, and Arteta is impressed with his adaptation.

"Good point, I'll take your advice then," Arteta said after it was put to him that Mari will have to start their next game as well.

"If it's as simple as that hopefully he'll do it again at Manchester City and he'll get a clean sheet. But no, he's doing well, he's adapting really well.

"It's not an easy league. For central defenders, in my opinion, to play in the Premier League is one of the toughest positions to play for any foreign players.

"But he's very willing, he's learning and has a very good experience and understanding with his team-mates."

Mikel Arteta suggested Arsenal will not make any further signings on deadline day, though he did not rule out someone following Cedric Soares through the door.

Arsenal have bolstered their defensive options with the arrival of right-back Cedric, whose contract at Southampton expires in June, on loan until the end of the season.

The move for the Portugal international - who is unlikely to debut this weekend due to "a little issue" - on Friday followed the signing of Flamengo centre-back Pablo Mari on loan with an option to buy.

Arteta hinted there could be more movement at Emirates Stadium but that it was unlikely.

"I'd say no but you never know," the Arsenal head coach said when asked about potential incomings.

"We've been trying to be active in the market to resolve some of the issues we've been going through in the last few weeks.

"We found two players who we believe can be very useful and can improve our squad and we are happy."

Arsenal travel to Burnley on Sunday and will then head to Dubai for a training camp during the mid-season, something Arteta is looking forward to as he aims to instil his philosophy.

"We need to be ready for a battle. We have to go there with complete focus and energy and a clear plan because if not they are very hard to deal with," said Arteta.

"Since November they haven't had two days off, so they need to reset their minds a little bit. I wanted to take them away from here and live together more and train some concepts, as in the last few weeks we haven't had time to prepare or train.

"We are on the right path. The next two weeks after Dubai will help us accelerate that process and I'm happy where I am."

The Gunners will welcome back Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and David Luiz from suspension at Turf Moor, while Shkodran Mustafi is a doubt with an ankle injury.

Pablo Mari is convinced he has joined an Arsenal team who are on the cusp of achieving great success.

The Spaniard has arrived at Emirates Stadium during a time of upheaval, with head coach Mikel Arteta forging his way in the early weeks of his reign after succeeding Unai Emery.

Arsenal are unbeaten in their last six games but have drawn their previous three Premier League fixtures and sit, by their standards, in what is a lowly 10th place.

They are closer to the relegation zone than the top four, in terms of points, but Mari is convinced the Arteta era can be a successful period in the club's history.

For now, the centre-back is focused on helping the Gunners make immediate progress up the league table.

"When I spoke to my agent, it was a big thing that Arsenal were interested in me," said Mari, who has signed on loan from Flamengo. "This is one of the best clubs in the world, so I'm absolutely delighted to be joining. I'm really looking forward to playing in this jersey and helping my team.

"I'm a very professional player. I like working hard every day to achieve objectives."

He added: "I want to take it one day at a time and achieve big things at Arsenal.

"Right now I want to focus on the day-to-day side of things. I think we need to put the plans to one side for now because the most important thing is to take things one day at a time and focus on achieving short-term goals.

"We need to change the dynamic around the team, so the short-term objectives are the most important thing. As I've said, we have Mikel’s ideas, aligned with the club, and we need to perform very well to change things."

The 26-year-old was previously on Manchester City's books but did not make a breakthrough at the Etihad Stadium, spending loans with Girona, NAC Breda and Deportivo La Coruna before moving to Flamengo last July.

While in Brazil, he helped Flamengo to Campeonato Brasileiro and Copa Libertadores trophy success, and they went close to toppling Liverpool in the Club World Cup final.

He could face Liverpool again in May, by which time Jurgen Klopp's side are likely to have wrapped up the Premier League title.

Arsenal are streets adrift of Liverpool this season, but Mari, who could sign permanently at the end of the season, suggests the gap could soon close to the Merseyside table-toppers.

"Obviously they're in great form at the moment and they're among the best players in the world, but we also have a fantastic team with top players," Mari told Arsenal's official website.

"This is football and that's the way you have to look at it. You have to compete against every side, whether it's Liverpool or any other club in the world.

"I have a lot of faith in this great club, Arsenal, and I know we're going to do very well."

Arsenal have completed the signing of Pablo Mari on a loan deal with the option to make the move permanent at the end of the season.

Mari, 26, is Mikel Arteta's first signing since taking over as head coach in December after his switch from Flamengo was completed on Wednesday for a reported £4million loan fee.

The defender arrived in London with Arsenal technical director Edu on Saturday, who praised the Gunners' latest arrival.

"Pablo is an experienced player who will provide us with additional defensive quality," Edu said as the club confirmed the move.

"We have been monitoring Pablo's career for a while and we are very pleased to have reached agreement with Flamengo for him to join us initially until the end of our season.

"Together with Mikel and his coaching team, we are all looking forward to seeing Pablo in an Arsenal shirt."

Mari joined Manchester City in 2016 but never played for the first team, leaving for Flamengo last July having been sent out for loan stints at Girona, NAC Breda and Deportivo La Coruna.

At Flamengo, he was a key figure under Jorge Jesus, who led the Rio de Janeiro giants to the Campeonato Brasileiro and Copa Libertadores titles.

Mari also featured when Flamengo lost the Club World Cup final against Liverpool 1-0 after extra time.

Arsenal have been keen to bolster their defensive options following injuries to Calum Chambers, Kieran Tierney, Shkodran Mustafi and Sead Kolasinac and have now landed their man.

"It's a massive opportunity for me to come to England, which is the best league in the world right now," said Mari.

"Being able to play in this league and having the opportunity to play for Arsenal is incredible, so I’m really looking forward to wearing the shirt as soon as possible.

"I want to help my team to win matches and give my fans something to celebrate."

Flamengo showed their gratitude to Mari as they confirmed his departure earlier in the day, saying: "The time has come for us to say goodbye.

"He is a defender who arrived at Flamengo to make his mark in our history with the Libertadores and the Brazilian Championship titles.

"Pablo Mari, thank you for everything."

Arsenal, unbeaten in six games across all competitions, sit 10th in the Premier League ahead of Sunday's away match against Burnley.

Arsenal have completed the signing of Pablo Mari on a loan deal with the option to make the move permanent at the end of the season.

Flamengo defender Pablo Mari arrived in London ahead of an anticipated move to Arsenal.

Mari is expected to join the Gunners on loan with an option to buy – which is reportedly set at £7.5million – after arriving at Heathrow Airport with Arsenal technical director Edu on Saturday.

The 26-year-old is set to become Mikel Arteta's first signing since taking over as head coach in December.

Mari joined Manchester City in 2016 but never played for the first team, leaving for Flamengo last July after loan stints at Girona, NAC Breda and Deportivo La Coruna.

The 26-year-old was a key figure under Jorge Jesus, who led the Rio de Janeiro giants to the Campeonato Brasileiro and Copa Libertadores titles.

He also featured when Flamengo lost the Club World Cup final against Liverpool 1-0 after extra time.

Arsenal have been keen to bolster their defensive options following injuries to Calum Chambers, Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac.

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