Here’s all the news from around the Emirates Stadium over the past 24 hours.
Gabriel Martinelli boost
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has been handed a major injury boost ahead of the clash with Crystal Palace with the news that Gabriel Martinelli is training.
The Brazilian youngster was forced to pull out of the starting line-up ahead of last Saturday’s FA Cup clash with Newcastle United after suffering an ankle injury in the warm-up.
Gabriel was spotted crying on the Emirates Stadium turf, fearing that his injury luck had struck once again.
However, it emerged on Tuesday evening that Martinelli’s scan results had come back clear.
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Furthermore, Martinelli appears to be in a decent condition, with the Gunners uploading a video of the forward in action on the training ground on Wednesday morning, suggesting that he could be involved against Palace.
Former Arsenal head coach Unai Emery has revealed why he favoured a move for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha over Nicolas Pepe in the summer of 2019.
It’s because the former Manchester United man would have adapted to his new surroundings easier.
“I usually want to sign first the players I know there,” Emery exclusively told football.london . “When we played against Crystal Palace, Zaha showed he was a very good player.
“I also think Nicolas Pepe is a very good player. When you make the decision you have to decide how easy the adaption will be of some players.
“I was thinking the adaption was easier for Zaha because he was playing in the Premier League and you didn’t know exactly how fast Nicolas Pepe can adapt to the Premier League because I know you can need some time to adapt.
“I was thinking at this time that the adaption of Zaha was probably easier and faster than Pepe.”