Press conference

'Gabi brings energy, belief, charisma and goals'

Gabriel Martinelli is edging ever closer to a return to first-team football - and Mikel Arteta cannot wait to have him fully fit and firing again.

The Brazilian forward had a superb first season in English football before a knee injury ended his campaign prematurely.

But Martinelli is now very close to full fitness, and his manager is confident he can make a big impact when he is ready to go.

"Gabi is pure enthusiasm, energy, belief, charisma and goals," Arteta said. "This is him. He's around the training ground and he's around our training sessions and the energy is different because he goes 100 miles per hour. 

"He's got this passion and his way of playing and he is a threat. He's a player that we've been missing because he brings something special to the team. 

"He's contagious with his attitude and I think it's going to be a big boost when we have him."

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