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Gabriel Martinelli makes bold Mikel Arteta claim after disappointing 2020/21 season

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Arsenal star Gabriel Martinelli spoke about his boss Mikel Arteta yesterday in an interview with Brazilian media outlet UOL.

The youngster, like many of his teammates, had a season to forget last time around. Arsenal really struggled to get going in the first half of the campaign, and although we improved drastically after Christmas, it wasn’t enough for us to climb up the table.

The Gunners finished eighth in the Premier League last season and dropped out of Europe for the first time in over 25 years. Some fans turned on Arteta as well at one point, but Martinelli’s latest comments could change a few supporters’ opinion of the Arsenal boss.

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He said: “I lost about five months because of the injury, but I think in the end we did well. We had one of the best campaigns in the championship after Christmas.

“It’s a new team, with a new coach too, but already with experience and I consider him one of the best in the world already. We had good games at the end of the season, the players are confident, so we have to try to go down this same path, so we need to start the season well.

“The injury was quite calm, but the doctors opted for a conservative recovery to prevent problems in the future. When I came back I was, yes, a little insecure in the first weeks, but then the confidence returned. I still had some pain, some discomfort, but also normal for having gone a long time without playing. Now it’s over.”

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The Insider’s View:

Martinelli’s right. Arsenal were the third-best team in the Premier League in the second half of the campaign, but our terrible start to the season made it impossible for us to recover and get into one of the European spots.

In terms of his comments about Arteta, he’s not the first one to sing praises, is he? Kieran Tierney, Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and many others have publicly raved about the Arsenal boss over the last 18 months.

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Yes, it’s natural for players to say good things about their manager, but some of the praises Arteta has received shows that he’s really doing something right. Hopefully, that pays off next season and we can get back to where we belong.

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