Mikel Arteta provides update on Gabriel Martinelli/ Runarsson deletes Twitter

Arsenal embarrassed by Man City

Arsenal’s nightmare 2020/21 continued on Tuesday evening.

The Gunners have been in dismal form in the league, but were no doubt hoping they could kickstart their campaign in the League Cup.

Mikel Arteta’s side had already made it to the last eight of the competition, but were then faced with League Cup experts Manchester City.

Arteta has beaten Pep Guardiola as a manager, but given Arsenal’s awful form, a win for the Londoners did look quite unlikely.

And in the end, it would be Man City who came away with a dominant win, as the Manchester powerhouse put four past a frankly lifeless Arsenal side.

Mikel Arteta provides update on Gabriel Martinelli/ Runarsson deletes Twitter

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 19: Willian of Arsenal looks dejected as he walks off at half time during the Premier League match between Everton and Arsenal at Goodison Park on December 19, 2020 in Liverpool, England. A limited number of fans (2000) are welcomed back to stadiums to watch elite football across England. This was following easing of restrictions on spectators in tiers one and two areas only. (Photo by Peter Powell –

Arteta on Martinelli

One of the very few positives for Arsenal on Tuesday was the return of Gabriel Martinelli to first-team action.

Despite his tender years, the Brazilian was one of the Gunners’ top attacking threats last term before picking up an injury which also saw him miss the start of this campaign.

But he would finally return against City and looked a cut above the rest of Arsenal’s players, playing a key role in the north Londoners’ only goal of the game.

As a result, Arsenal fans will have no doubt been devastated to see him limp off just after he break on Tuesday.

But when speaking about Martinelli post-match, Arteta did look to play down the severity of the injury somewhat, stating it was just a bad kick on the shin:

“It was just a really bad kick on his shin and it was swelling up and he could not continue.

“[At half-time] he was pushing, he was saying he was completely fine, that he wanted to carry on. He had a scar that wasn’t open and he wanted to try, so we gave him the opportunity to try and when he was on the pitch he was uncomfortable so it was an easy decision to take him off.

“He has a unique energy and a way to transmit his passion for the game. He plays the game in a different way to any other player. It’s hard to compare him, but what I have to say is that it’s great to have him back.

“To bring that experience, that fight… to play against this opponent after such a long time out, in the way he did in the first half, it’s something to be really proud and happy about.”

Quotes via Arsenal’s official website.

Runar Alex Runarsson deletes Twitter

Elsewhere on the Arsenal front, Runar Alex Runarsson, who was in between the sticks vs City, and made some questionable mistakes, has since deleted his Twitter account.

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