Marinelli delivers top display, Why Mat Ryan shouted at Gabriel as Arsenal suffer another injury blow ahead of Villarreal tie


Here are the moments you missed from Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Newcastle United in the Premier League

Martinelli delivers again

The clamour for Gabriel Martinelli to start was further evidenced by his impressive performance against Newcastle.

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Marinelli delivers top display, Why Mat Ryan shouted at Gabriel as Arsenal suffer another injury blow ahead of Villarreal tie

Mikel Arteta’s decision to play without a striker in the match against Villarreal came back to bite him in Spain, and it was an energetic cameo appearance from Martinelli which prompted supporters to question why he didn’t play the youngster from the start.

On Sunday afternoon, 19-year-old Martinelli reminded manager Arteta of his qualities in the first half after he took nutmegged Magpies winger Jacob Murphy by the corner flag.

It was a typically confident, lung-busting 90 minute showing from the Brazilian forward, as he forged a second half assist for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to help secure all three points for Arsenal.

Injuries pile up

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Just when the treatment table looked to be bare at London Colney, another player sustains an injury again.

In fairness to the Arsenal medical staff, there has been a reduction in injuries this season and most of the knocks have been impacted by the congested fixture schedule.

David Luiz started against Newcastle after being on the sidelines for several weeks with a knee injury.

And the Brazilian was forced off in the second half after appearing to aggravate his left hamstring.

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“It’s incredible the amount of injuries we’re having in recent weeks,” Arteta told Sky Sports.

“We’re losing big players.”

Luiz looked extremely frustrated as he was helped off by the club physio just before the hour mark.

“He felt something in his hamstring which is not good,” said Arteta after the game.

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“It’s a real shame.”

Kieran Tierney and Alexandre Lacazette are also doubts ahead of the semi-final second leg against Villarreal next week, which means Arsenal are likely to be without three key players for another crucial game.

Saving Private Ryan

Mat Ryan has been rewarded with game time in the past few weeks after “training like a beast”, according to Arteta.

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The Aussie goalkeeper continues to stake a claim for a starting spot ahead of no.1 Bernd Leno, and his communication skills have proved invaluable in the few opportunities he’s had so far.

Ryan could be heard shouting “watch transition, I said it!” at his teammates after they failed to cover a Newcastle runner during the first half.

Signed on loan from Brighton in January, Ryan’s vision and confidence in sparking the next attack shows that he’s a quick-thinking goalkeeper.

He was also speaking in Spanish to defender Gabriel and commanding the young defender to watch his left hand side.

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Ryan previously had a spell at Valencia in 2015 where he picked up a grasp of the language.

With Arsenal keen on signing a back-up shot stopper this summer, Ryan would surely be the most likely contender to fill those boots ahead of the new campaign.

Elneny’s extra training pays off

It’s taken him 66 games but Mohamed Elneny has finally scored his first league goal for Arsenal.

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“I’m really happy about my first goal,” said Elneny after the game.

“The feeling is amazing, I’ve been dreaming about scoring a goal in the Premier League. My celebration came from the heart & I thank God for the opportunity.”

Elneny had previously revealed that he’s been working on his shooting with assistant coach Steve Round.

And it’s clearly paid off for the Egyptian midfielder who turns up and produces consistent performances for the Gunners when called upon.

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