‘Many top clubs’ targeting key Arsenal man

An Arsenal star is attracting a lot of attention from some job clubs, according to reports.

The player in question is Gabriel Martinelli. Martinelli joined Arsenal in July of 2019. The Gunners are understood to have paid just over £6m for the Brazilian.

And Martinelli proved one of Arsenal’s bright sparks during his debut 2019/20 season.

The 21-year-old scored 10 and assisted four across 26 outings for the club, including a stunning individual effort vs Chelsea in the Premier League.

However, the Brazilian’s campaign was brought to a premature end when he suffered a knee injury, which also saw him miss the start of 2020/21.

Martinelli eventually returned to action midway through last season but didn’t really rediscover the form he found during the early days of his Arsenal career.

2022/23, though, has seen Martinelli develop into a crucial asset for Arsenal.

With Pierre-Emrick Aubameyang gone and Emile Smith Rowe injured, the South American has been a mainstay in the Gunners’ attack.

He has scored three and assisted one in eight league games so far and is forming a great understanding with new signing, Gabriel Jesus.

Martinelli’s good form is attracting interest from elsewhere, though, with Fabrizio Romano having this to say on Tuesday:

“Many top clubs are following Martinelli but I’m told Arsenal have been planning to offer him a new contract for long time.

“So, Arsenal have still a chance to keep Martinelli as he’s considered a top player for the future.”

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Josh Barker

Josh Barker

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

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