Mikel Arteta explains lack of minutes for Gabriel Martinelli at Arsenal and what will happen next

Gabriel Martinelli trains “incredibly well” and will eventually “get his chance” at Arsenal according to manager Mikel Arteta.

The 19-year-old Brazilian forward emerged as a key player last season, scoring ten goals in all competitions in his breakthrough campaign.

He suffered a serious injury last June and returned to action for the Gunners in December, but has since been restricted to mostly cameo appearances off the bench.

Video Loading

Video Unavailable

Clearly eager to show how hard he is working in training, Martinelli posted a number of videos on social media from an individual session he took part in on Tuesday afternoon.

Arteta made it clear that Martinelli’s application in training cannot be questioned, but suggested that the competition for places in attack has made it difficult to give him minutes over the past few weeks.

“If anything it’s my fault,” said Arteta in his pre-match press conference ahead of Thursday’s Europa League tie against Olympiacos.

“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.”

Martinelli will be hopeful of featuring in some capacity against Olympiacos on Thursday night, with Arsenal currently in a strong position and 3-1 up on aggregate against the Greek champions.

By signing up for our Arsenal newsletter, you will receive a once-daily email, focused around goings-on at Emirates Stadium.

You won’t miss a thing when it comes to the Gunners – you’ll get all you need to know directly into your inbox.

We’ll also send out special newsletters with any big breaking news too.

And with the January transfer window now open there’s plenty of content to get your teeth into.

How do you sign up?

It’s easy and only takes seconds.

Simply type your email address into the box at the top of this article – or any article on the Arsenal section of football.london in fact – labelled ‘Get the biggest daily stories by email’ and click ‘Subscribe’.

And that’s it, you’re all set.

If you decide later that you no longer wish to receive the emails, simply follow the unsubscribe link in one of the newsletters – but we don’t think you’ll want to.

For more details, click here.

“He’s had some minutes and games as well,” said Arteta.

“It’s true that the competition for the front positions is very tough.

“He needs to be patient and he will get his chance.”

Source link

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on tumblr
Share on stumbleupon