Martin Odegaard has urged Gabriel Martinelli to keep on working hard and force his way back into the team as he believes the youngster has a massive future at Arsenal.
Martinelli has enjoyed a superb start to his career at Arsenal but injuries forced the youngster to be on the sidelines for nine months. The Brazilian picked a long-term knee injury at the start of last year and made his return in December, making three consecutive Premier League appearances but his game time has dried up since then.
The 19-year-old has only been given 22 minutes of Europa League action too, but Odegaard has seen enough in training to know that Martinelli is a class act and expects him to win back his place in the side.
“Yeah. Obviously, we have Bukayo [Saka] and Emile [Smith Rowe], and they are already playing so much. ‘But I think one guy who hasn’t played that much lately is Gabi Martinelli,” responded Odegaard when asked if there was a young player at Arsenal that had particularly impressed him.
He’s such a big talent, you see him in training every day and you see it. He’s a really talented player with a lot of qualities, so I think definitely he’s one for the future. And he’s so young still, so I will go with him.”
When asked if Martinelli can make an impact at Arsenal’s first team he said, “Yeah definitely. As I said, he’s really young so he just has to keep working hard – as he’s doing every day in training.”
“He will reach his goals because, from what I see every day in training, he’s a top, top talent. For him, it’s just about continuing doing his work, and then everything will come for him.”
Martinelli is yet to score for the Gunners in his last 11 appearances in all competitions.