Arsenal must play Martinelli after the break or we could lose him

What is Martinelli doing wrong?

Since he returned from his injury lay off, Gabriel Martinelli has hardly had a sniff on the pitch.

He has declared himself to be fit and healthy, and Arteta has also said it is his own fault and that Martinelli has done nothing wrong stating on the Arsenal website: “No, if anything it’s my fault, he has done everything perfect, he trains incredibly well every day, his attitude cannot be any better, he is disappointed he is not playing more obviously and I have spoken to him, but he needs to be a little bit patient. He had some minutes, he had some games as well and it’s true the competition for the front positions is very tough but he needs to be patient and he will get his chance.”

Yet what I fail to see is why, when in certain recent games especially where we have struggled and needed replacements to help bomb forward for goals, why, Martinelli has been overlooked.

If he is fully fit and you have a player like Aubameyang or Saka who are tiring or who just cannot find the back of the net, why wouldn’t you bring on the likes of Martinelli?

If you bring him on and it doesn’t work out you can say you tried and changed it up but if you go through the game losing and still do not realise that a player of Martinelli’s ability is sitting on your bench who can make an impact but you do not use him then surely the manager is to blame right?

I think Martinelli is such a talent but if it continues where his game time is inconsistent and sometimes non-existent then as unfortunate as it would be to say, I can really see him leaving and going to a team where he would be both appreciated and a first teamer.

There have been countless of times this season where Saka, Aubameyang and Pepe have not been at their best yet still they got into the team in front of Martinelli and where did that leave us? On the end of a loss and 0 points or a draw and one point.

Now given that Martinelli has not travelled for international duty, he will be in the best place barring injuries, to break back into the first team and show Arteta he was wrong to leave him out!

I for one hope we see a lot more of Martinelli and the Brazilian flare he can bring to the team after the international break, because I am sure as a club and fans we would not want to lose his talent and ability at such a young age when we know there is more to come!


Shenel Osman

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  1. Jim wall says:

    Front 4……..


    ESR. Odegarrd. Saka

  2. Classic says:

    Martinelli situation is still cloudy for me
    I will prefer to be more patient as things becomes more clearer
    Time will tell

  3. ThirdManJW says:

    The guy had a serious injury, came back, broke down again, and now is back again.

    Given Arsenal’s horrific injury record down the years, I am surprised fans have wanted him back so quickly, especially considering his high levels of work rate. I love his attitude and work rate, but does he understand about easing himself back, and not putting absolutely everything into every performance until he’s fully recovered?

    Looks as if we’ll be seeing a little more of him now though

  4. Eddie says:

    Biggest bûllshît I’ll read in a while.. we should play him or we’ll lose him?
    Lose him to who? This is how y’all hype our kids and everything, making the feel like they’re the next Ronaldo or Messi. Y’all can never just put in some context and just keep quiet with the hype.
    Are you aware Martinelli has been taking extra training sessions with Arteta after team training now?
    With the different conspiracies y’all always come up with, it’s not surprising that y’all always the ones pinning trouble where there’s none and making chicken up stuff

    1. Kedar says:

      I think Arteta may be protecting him given his record of injury..

    2. jon fox says:

      Eddie, bearing in mind that it is Shenels article, I personally expect little BUT nonsense. Her articles are ALWAYS based on wanting what she wants NOW , with no idea of waiting til things are right whatever. Typical of her self entitled generation and unthinking too!

      She has an urge to write but so little to contribute, in REAL THOUGHT, to this site.

      1. Terrah says:

        The way you slag off people and their entitled opinions on this site and no one dares challenge you is baffling to are deluded if you think you have divine knowledge or rights over everyone here

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      2. Val says:

        Funny what you say here considering you have been banging on for months how refreshing and interesting her articles have been.

        @terrah – mate, i have had this conversation many many times and HE is a massive reason why I dont come on here much anymore.

        1. Sue says:

          That’s a shame, Val…there’s always one hey?!

          1. Val says:

            Yes Sue it is a shame as generally i like having debates with 99.9% of the people who come on here to express their own thoughts, views and opinions.

            Moderation on here is trash imo, you cant swear in context or anything but you can blatantly slag someone off and still post comments.
            Considering i have been coming on this site now for well over 2 years and this guy continues to slag people off repeatedly for having opinions and yet he is still coming here and posting the same tosh week in, week out just baffles me that he is still allowed to do so – which is why i rarely come on here anymore

          2. Sue says:

            Nothing but a narcissist, Val. Disgusting how he speaks to people on here…

  5. gotanidea says:

    We won’t lose him, because his contract will only expire in 2024 + club option 1 year. I bet he’d only get his chances next season when Lacazette or Nketiah is sold

    1. ozziegunner says:


  6. Jax says:

    It looks to me as though Arsenal are coaching him to be a monster striker to possibly replace one or both of Auba & Lacazette (when the time comes) and there is absolutely no requirement to rush him into service. I’ve noticed that he’s bulked up considerably this season and will soon have a strikers physique to go with his immense speed. I’ve yet to hear of any rumours of dissatisfaction from himself or his representatives, so with the likelihood of at least one of our strikers leaving this year I think he’ll be in at least number two spot and perhaps even first sooner that we expect.

    1. ozziegunner says:


  7. Wyoming says:

    Martinelli’s case highlights again the challenges of recruitment. The lad cost 7 mill and started well scoring some fine goals. He was given a new 4 year contract worth £90,000 a week. That for a 19 year old is some investment a guaranteed £19 million with no performance clauses. Since then he has suffered a serious injury and another injury set back.
    We already have Torreira who cost £20 mill and Saliba who cost £27 million on loan while Guendouzi contract runs out next summer. All three could prove hard to shift and could be quite expensive mistakes. So Martinelli on £90,000 per week and struggling for game time just emphasizes again the need to tighten our recruitment policy the length of contracts and salary scale.

    1. Sean M says:

      He’s on £30k p/w smh

      1. Dan kit says:

        He signed a new contract Sean in July last year ,he was on 22k and they tripled it that’s the information I’ve got anyway

    2. Dan kit says:

      He’s on £66000 a week and before his injury his goals per minutes was 146
      Mins ,Aubas is 143 mins so for some one on a 5 th of his wages to be pulling them numbers is worth every penny in my book .

      1. Sean M says:

        He signed on 10k and, like Saka, earned a 3x increase to 30k. There are sites that report more (such as sportsac) but they have a pretty poor reputation. 90k or even 70k make absolutely no sense.

  8. Val says:

    We as a fan base need to start doing this one thing

    Be Patient with our young players.

    For years we have added so much extra pressure to our young future stars, that many have just flopped basically, they burn out an dont reach the heights they were supposed to for whatever reason.

    Saying we play him or lose him is WAY OFF THE MARK – UTTER RUBBISH!!

  9. Armoury says:

    We still gonna lose more capable youngsters because of Arteta. Besides Martinelli, we might also lose Nelson, Maitland-Niles, Seliba, Willock, and Gouendouzi. Arteta is not a good Manager for Arsenal

    1. A J says:

      And 3 maybe 4 of the above are good enough for Arsenal’s first team ???????????????

      Also, in pro’ football terms, 2 are not exactly “youngsters”.

      “Young” doesn’t automatically = good enough.

      I’ve got two grandkids of 5 apiece – get ’em in there !

  10. Jack says:

    No mention of Willian as blocking Martinelli?!! It’s not Saka, Pepe or Auba. It’s Arteta and his ego – Willian – who has had almost 30 games!! In only one of them can Arteta claim that Willian performed.

    Last Boxing Day when we were spiralling down to relegation, it’s Martinelli-KT-ESR-Saka that saved Mikel’s job. Martinelli has been dropped thereafter. Same pattern with Pepe. Immediately after his sterling display against the Foxes, Pepe gets dropped!!!

  11. The Real Vieira Lynn says:

    Anyone who tries to even suggest that’s there’s no plausible connection between a lack of opportunities and the possibility of wanting to move elsewhere, are naïve and out of touch with the current realities of the modern day footballing world

    the “super agents” have clearly seen what has transpired in the NFL regarding rookie contracts so they have become incredibly proactive when it comes to younger and younger prospects…with the rise of players, like Mbappe, Felix and many others, and their respective massive transfer deals, the agents have attempted to tap into a market that up until quite recently wasn’t incredibly lucrative

    slowly but surely, during the past decade or so, many world-class organizations teams have started to shift their focus from fielding teams primarily with more experienced and expensive veterans, with limiting returns should they want to move on, to a more balanced approach that includes more youthful prospects, who traditionally have had sufficiently smaller wages and who might make more sense from an investment perspective

    seeing this shift, agents have been using this as a leveraging tool come contract time or whenever they see a team that is stifling the potential earning power of their young clients, such is the case with Balogun…the teams have a plan in mind, which is why they generally sign academy players to longer, cheaper deals before they’re old enough to draw interest from other teams…this team-friendly plan has become less viable in light of these changes, which has shifted the balance of power towards the players/agents, which means if Marts wanted to force a move, regardless of his contract, it’s never been more plausible…in light of the tweet he sent out earlier, there could be trouble on the horizon

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