Martinelli shines for Arsenal
Gabriel Martinelli made the switch to Arsenal in July of 2019.
The Gunners are understood to have paid around £6m for the Brazilian’s services.
Martinelli was previously plying his trade in Brazil with Ituano.
Yet, despite his lack of experience in Europe, and the fact that he is just 18 years of age, Martinelli is already cementing himself as a key figure in Arsenal’s squad.
The eye-catching forward has been particularly impressive in the Europa League this term, netting three and providing three assists in five outings.
But with Arsenal’s star forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the midst of serving a three-match ban, Martinelli has become a more prominent feature in the Gunners’ PL squad.
The youngster has started for Arsenal in their last two league games, vs Sheffield United and Chelsea.
And Martinelli has been one of Arsenal’s standout stars in both of those fixtures, scoring once in each tie.
Martinelli’s latest effort saw him run the majority of the pitch before calmly slipping the ball past Kepa to draw Arsenal level vs Chelsea.
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Martinelli set for improved deal?
Now, after an emphatic start to life in London, it appears as though Martinelli is set to earn himself a pay rise.
According to the Daily Mail, Martinelli is in line to treble his wages by the end of the season, as Arsenal look to ward off interest from Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid.
The Mail claim that Los Blancos value the pacey forward at around £50m.
Martinelli is currently contracted to the north Londoners until 2024, on a deal worth around £10,000-per-week. But the previously-linked report from the Daily Mail alleges that talks are already underway to reward the Brazilian with a fresh deal worth around £30,000-per-week.
New Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is also understood to be impressed with Martinelli’s attitude both on and off the pitch.