Goal’s Arsenal correspondent Charles Watts spoke on his YouTube channel about what he’s heard about Gabriel Martinelli’s future.
The Brazilian wonderkid was the talk of the town last season. He came to England from the fourth-tier of Brazilian football and made the best league in the world look like his back garden.
Martinelli was truly exceptional in his debut season, but sadly, he suffered a bad injury a few weeks before the end of the last campaign. He missed a chunk of this term due to the same knee issue as well. He returned to action which was a huge boost for us, but he frustratingly suffered a couple more injures.
Mikel Arteta has since been very reluctant to use Martinelli. The Brazilian has been fully fit for a while now, but the Arsenal boss has left him on the bench more often than not over the last few weeks.
That has raised concerns about what’s going on behind the scenes. Many Arsenal fans feared some sort of problem between Arteta and Martinelli, but Watts has revealed that the former Ituano man is still very much a part of our plans.
He said: “All the fears over Martinelli and whether Mikel (Arteta) fancies him or doesn’t fancy him, I don’t think you should be worried about that. From everything that I’m told, he is still very much a part of the long-term future at Arsenal.”
The Insider’s View:
Martinelli is undoubtedly the future of Arsenal, but he is the present as well. The Brazilian, like most of us, would be disappointed about not getting the game time he arguably deserves, but he should be patient.
Recent training videos have hinted that Arteta views Martinelli up front. (Watch here) Arsenal current have Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in that position, and it is very difficult for the Brazilian displace either one of them.
However, Laca is expected to leave in the summer which should free up a spot. Martinelli will be the favourite to take over that role, and he should get plenty of game time when that happens in a few months time.