Arsenal star Gabriel Martinelli has revealed that he is feeling ‘confident’ again after stepping up his recovery from a serious knee injury he suffered earlier this year.
The 19-year-old forward went down in a heap at Arsenal’s training ground back in June and underwent surgery to repair a lesion in the cartilage of his left knee which ruled him out of the remainder of last season.
Mikel Arteta has also been without Martinelli at the start of this term but there are hopes the young Brazilian could return to first-team action before the end of 2020.
Martinelli is positive about the progress he’s made and is due to begin ball work in the not-too-distant future.
‘I feel very well,’ he told Arsenal’s official website.
‘I’m regaining confidence and I can feel my knee is better.
‘After an injury like this you are kind of scared to force the knee again but the past couple of weeks it has been fine.
‘Soon I can start training with the ball.’
Martinelli believes Arsenal should be targeting a top-four finish in the Premier League and more silverware this campaign after their recent success in the FA Cup and Community Shield.
‘I think we have an excellent squad and along with Mikel’s forward thinking and winning mentality we can carry on doing well,’ he added.
‘We are playing well and training well, everyone wants to win and we are all giving everything.
‘I believe this season is very promising.
‘We won trophies last season and I believe we can win this season again and also qualify for the Champions League.’
Martinelli has been joined at Arsenal by Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes this summer and the teenager says his fellow countryman have already settled in really well at the club.
‘I’m very happy, it’s good to have players from your country that speak your language,’ he said.
‘I already knew David Luiz and now it is great to meet Willian and Gabi.
‘I only just met them but I can already tell they are great guys, we are always laughing and it is a great environment to be in.
‘I think they have a lot to offer to this club on and off the pitch.’