Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was excluded from the club’s clash with Everton due to an injury, although young Gabriel Martinelli is making his long -required return to the matchday squad

The north London club have had a miserable run lately, picking up just five points from their previous 27 points when they fell in the Premier League table and are now closer to the relegation zone than the champions League places

They held up their slump last time out against Southampton and drew 1-1, and Aubameyang finally ended their long wait for an open game goal

But only a few days after finishing his meager run, Aubameyang had to miss the away trip to Everton on Saturday The club confirmed that he suffers from a “tight calf”

Speaking to Sky Sports, Mikel Arteta said: “He has a minor muscle injury so I think he will be out for a few days”’

When asked if Aubameyang will be back for the Carabao Cup clash with Manchester City on Tuesday, Aubameyang added: “I don’t know, we need to reevaluate him to see how it plays out but he could not be fit for today”’

In the absence of the Gabonese international, Eddie Nketiah leads the line with the support of Willian and Nicolas Pepe

The armband has since been handed over to central defender Rob Holding, although David Luiz has returned to the starting XI

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In some much better news for the Gunners, Brazilian winger Martinelli is featured on the bench for the first time since March after a serious knee injury Arteta is happy to have him back

On Friday he said: “Gabriel Martinelli is about to be available and also to be part of us, which is great news

“He’s on the training ground and he’s on our workouts and the energy is different because he’s going 100 mph”

“He has that passion in his way of playing and he’s a threat”He’s a player we missed because he brings something special to the team

“He’s contagious with his attitude and I think it’ll be a big boost when we have him”’

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