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Lionel Messi’s comments on Lautaro Martinez emerge following Arsenal links


 

Arsenal have of course seen themselves linked with Inter Milan and Argentina hitman Lautaro Martinez recently.

Reports earlier this week claimed that the Gunners have added Martinez to their shortlist of summer striker options - as Mikel Arteta plots his new-look strike force with Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah out of contract at the Emirates in the summer.

In turn, now, recent comments on the part of Lionel Messi, who plays with Martinez for his country, have re-emerged.

And if Messi’s view is anything to go by, Arsenal will be getting a top, top forward if they manage to land Martinez:

"He's spectacular. He has impressive qualities. You could tell he was going to be a great player and he is showing that,” Messi explained.

“He’s very strong, really good one on one, scores a lot of goals and in the area he fights with anyone, holds it up, he can turn, scrap to win it all on his own. He has a lot of quality. He’s very complete.”

 

Martinez impressing with Inter

Lautaro Martinez has been plying his trade in Italy since the summer of 2018.

This comes after Inter Milan snapped the 24-year-old up from Argentinian outfit Racing Club for a fee believed to be around £22.5m.

And, despite having had zero experience in Europe before making the move to Inter, Martinez would take to the Italian top-flight like a duck to water.

The 2019/20 campaign saw the 23-year-old go from strength to strength under the guidance of Antonio Conte. In 35 league outings that season, Martinez netted 14 and assisted five.

He then scored 17 and assisted 10 in 38 Serie A ties last term as Inter ended Juventus’ reign of dominance over the Italian top-flight.

And though he saw strike partner Romelu Lukaku depart over the summer, Martinez has nevertheless been able to net 11 and assist two in 22 league outings thus far this season.

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Josh Barker

Josh Barker

Middlesbrough fan from the North East of England. @JoshBarker979 on Twitter.



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