Here is your Arsenal morning digest for Thursday, March 18.
Arteta issues Martinelli verdict
The versatile forward, who can play both through the middle out out wide, has struggled for opportunities in recent months after making a return from a long-term injury lay-off.
Martinelli made a return in December and looked lively over the course of the Christmas period. However, since the turn of the year he has featured just four times in all competitions, with half of those coming as a substitute.
But despite his lack of opportunities, Arteta insists he will get his chance to prove his worth, admitting that his lack of minutes on the pitch has been his [Arteta’s] own fault.
Arteta said: “If anything it’s my fault. He’s done everything perfect. He trains incredibly well every day. His attitude couldn’t be better.
“He’s really disappointed that he’s not playing more obviously having spoken to him, but he needs to be a little bit patient.
“He’s had some minutes and games as well.
“It’s true that the competition for the front positions is very tough.
“He needs to be patient and he will get his chance.”
Gunners eye N’Dicka swoop
Arsenal have opened talks with the representatives of Eintracht Frankfurt defender Evan N’Dicka over the prospect of signing him this summer.
The Gunners are said to be keen on adding a new centre-back to their ranks during the upcoming transfer window and N’Dicka is amongst their targets.
The Frenchman, who is 21-years-old, has gone from strength-to-strength this season and is being watched by a whole host of clubs.
Arsenal, though, are claimed to have already opened talks about getting a deal over the line for him in an attempt to bolster their central-defensive options.
But do the Gunners necessarily need to sign him? It is quite possible that they may not because Dinos Mavropanos has been impressing whilst on loan at Stuttgart this season. Should Arsenal ditch their interest and make the most of Mavropanos instead, perhaps?
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Gibbs on the move
Former Arsenal left-back Kieran Gibbs has verbally agreed terms to join MLS outfit Inter Miami, who are managed by former Everton man Phil Neville.
That is according to a report by ESPN, who insist Gibbs will join the American club on a two-year deal.
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The 31-year-old, who spent 13 years with the Gunners, was linked with a variety of MLS clubs during the January transfer window as opportunities at West Bromwich Albion continued to be few and far between.
Now, though, he looks set to jet out to the USA in the summer, teaming up with Neville.
During his time at Arsenal, Gibbs made 229 appearances for the club, scoring six goals and claiming 25 assists.