Mikel Arteta insists Gabriel Martinelli has a “vivid future” at Arsenal regardless of the shortage of first-team alternatives this season.
The 19-year-old forward joined the Gunners from Ituano in the summertime of 2019, however has had injury problems and solely made 13 appearances on this marketing campaign, along with his last start coming against Manchester United in January.
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He’s the main target of discuss from Arsenal followers and pundits, with former Gunners defender Martin Keown calling for Martinelli to be given extra sport time after last week’s 3-0 home defeat to Liverpool.
“I perceive it,” said head Arteta when requested about these calling on him to incorporate extra.
“When the team would not win sufficient football matches, we’re all the time searching for another person to do it. However we will title just a few of these.
“I respect that, and Gabi is doing really well. He is doing higher daily, he is getting the fitting growth.
“We have now to be a bit of affected person with him however he has a vivid future on the membership and he could have all of the alternatives he wants to point out us how good he’s and the career he can have with us.”
Arsenal have moved from expertise to youth since Arteta took over, with Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka already establishing themselves within the side.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has additionally discovered himself on the bench in current weeks, however Arteta believes Martinelli’s time will come.
“As a result of we will not put six or seven young youngsters out there. We’d like some cohesion, we want the timing, ”says Arteta.
“Gabi has a number of issues to enhance. He additionally has great qualities, and now we have different players in these positions.
“Then now we have to construct relationships inside the team and balance inside the team. This may come. ”
Arteta too responded to claims that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will change into one other Mesut Ozil, insisting that the striker is absolutely dedicated to the membership.
He said: “I am all the time constructive in regards to the future however as soon as you consider past occasions or compare completely different conditions and personalities, I did not.”
When requested if Aubameyang was dedicated to the ‘Gunners’ trigger, the Spaniard added: “Fully.”