EXCLUSIVE: Arsenal don’t plan on loaning Martinelli out next season

Despite his recent lack of game time, Gabriel Martinelli is a valued member of Mikel Arteta’s side and will stay at the club next season, according to Arsenal Central.

Arsenal’s season was transformed by Mikel Arteta’s increased inclusion of the club’s most exciting youth stars in Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Emile Smith Rowe.

The trio helped the Gunners get back to winning ways but Martinelli hasn’t played nearly as much as Saka and Smith Rowe recently but, as we’re reliably informed, there aren’t any nefarious reasons for his recent lack of game time.

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 09: Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal FC at London Stadium on December 09, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. PHOTO BY JULIAN FINNEY/GETTY IMAGES.

Saka has played 2,001 minutes for Arsenal this season and Smith Rowe will soon hit the 1,000 minute mark for the first time in his fledgeling career. Meanwhile, Martinelli has barely broken the 200-minute barrier for the Gunners this term.

From the outside, this is confusing for Arsenal supporters as, by all metrics, he has been fantastic when he’s featured while the likes of Willian have looked very poor.

Our source reports that the Brazilian is fully fit despite some of the conspiracy theories that can be found on Twitter and Reddit, he’s training as well as you’d imagine and there is no plan for him to be sent out on loan.

At this stage, it’s simply a selection choice on Arteta’s part and supporters will simply need to hope the Spanish manager picks him to start or hands him a chance from the bench.

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 22: Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal goes down injured during the Carabao Cup Quarter Final match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Emirates Stadium on December 22, 2020 in London, England. PHOTO BY CATHERINE IVILL/GETTY IMAGES.

We can report that there is a desire to be cautious with Martinelli after the knee injury he suffered that saw him miss 169 days. At such a young age (19) where his development is still well underway, another serious injury could have serious implications on his career.

Furthermore, Martin Ødegaard’s loan move to the Emirates Stadium has also increased the options available to Arteta.

Michael Mongiehttps://www.arsenalcentral.co.uk
Football Central Media Group Founder, Owner and Editor.
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