Arsenal Loses Big Star to Injury ahead of Crucial Porto Clash

After defeating Brentford 2-1 at Emirates Stadium on Saturday, Arsenal’s focus will now be on Tuesday’s Champions League match against FC Porto.

They will be driven to reverse the outcome and secure a trip to the quarterfinals after losing 1-0 to the Portuguese in the first leg of the round of sixteen matches.

Gabriel Martinelli, a Brazilian who was left out of Arsenal’s matchday squad to face the Bees after failing to heal from his injury incurred against Sheffield United on Monday, may not be able to do so.

The Gunners offensive midfielder was seen using crutches to walk and wearing a protective boot at the Emirates Stadium on his way to the dressing room following tonight’s match, according to Football London.

Given the severity of the injuries, it seems likely that Tuesday will arrive too soon for the 22-year-old.

Following his assistance off the field by two Arsenal physiotherapists at Bramall Lane, Arsenal announced today that Martinelli’s foot injury from Sheffield United will prevent him from playing against Brentford.

Kai Havertz is anticipated to keep his position as the line leader after grabbing the winner today, with Leandro Trossard, who played on the left wing in his absence, probably getting the nod against Porto.

Arsenal knows they can’t afford to disappoint their supporters after failing to muster a single effort on goal in the first leg, and they will like their chances against the Portuguese in front of their home crowd.

The North Londoners have only made it to the quarterfinals once, in the 2009–10 season, following their victory against Porto. History may repeat itself on Tuesday since they have not moved past the last 16 in any of their other seven competition outings.


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