By Kevin Campbell

13th Jan, 2021 | 8:00pm

'You Fear The Worst' - Exclusive: Pundit on big Arsenal injury update pre-Palace

Kevin Campbell feared the worst when Arsenal attacker Gabriel Martinelli went down injured in the warm-up on Saturday.

The former Gunners striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said it is “great news” for the club and the 19-year-old that the problem is not as bad as it first looked.

Martinelli went down clutching his ankle in the build up to Saturday’s 2-0 FA Cup win over Newcastle United and looked to be in a considerable amount of pain.

However, the Guardian report that the a scan on Monday found no major damage and while he will miss tomorrow’s match against Crystal Palace, he is expected to be available for next Monday’s Premier League fixture against Newcastle.

Campbell said it would have been “heartbreaking” for the teenager to suffer another long-term injury just weeks after his return from a serious knee problem.

“I wasn’t quite sure what the issue was,” he told Football Insider.

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“He has been out for such a long time that when he picks up an injury in the warm up you fear the worst.

“Fingers crossed he is going to be back in training this week so it does not look to be that bad. It is great news for the football club, great news for him and a relief for him.

“He put in so much work to get himself back fit, and he was so impressive against Chelsea, to get injured again would have been heartbreaking. I am really pleased for him.”    

In other news, an Arsenal sensation has agreed to join RB Leipzig in the summer.