‘My whole life’ – Wonderkid insists that he never wants to leave Arsenal

Gabriel Martinelli has claimed that he would stay at Arsenal for his entire ‘life’, whilst confirming that the club’s focus at present is to qualify for the Champions League.

The Brazilian showed amazing patience after a long-term injury hampered his playing time, but he took his chance with both hands when it came this term, and has been keeping our top goalscorer Emile Smith Rowe benched in recent months.

While we have the strong possibility of climbing up into fourth with a win this weekend, whilst we could still hold a three-match advantage over our rivals, Martinelli admits that his side’s focus is on finishing in the top four.

“We have a young group, we have a lot of time ahead of us, players with a lot of quality, I think we will achieve great things,” He told ESPN via the DailyMail.

“Our focus is the Champions League. Fighting for that top four. A club like Arsenal has to be in the Champions League. It’s our total focus.

“We always want more. Of course, Arsenal are a giant team.

“If I can, I’ll stay here my whole life. I want to conquer things, as I said, I want to stay here and win titles, with these wonderful fans, my team-mates.”

I don’t see why any of our young players would want to leave at present, but the fear will always be that the players ambition outgrows the clubs, but with the hierarchy in charge at present, that doesn’t appear to be close to an issue.

Could you see Martinelli staying to become a club legend? Could Saka and Emile Smith Rowe stay also?


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  1. That is the positive impact Mikel is having on the young lads, helping them to improve and silently doing his job. We are blessed to have Mikel with us. Hope the naysayers show Mikel the bare minimum respect he deserves for turning around things in span of two years, while the so called world class managers fled/got sacked trying to improve their situations – Jose, Rafa, Carlo, etc.

  2. So glad to hear this from the young Brazilian. He along with Saka, ESR, Ode, White, Gabriel, Tierney and Ramsdale will constitute the core of Arsenal FC for a long long time and may they be as successful as the Invincibles. Also, we have the likes of Patino, Hutchinson, Marcelo Flores and Biereth in the waiting so the future really looks great.

  3. Don’t mind their obsession with the so called ‘experienced’ managers making it look as if they’ve never tasted defeat or been able to turn around a club in crisis fortunes,i don’t blame them i guess they just can’t see that arsenal’s case requires a complete rebuild cos if not we will never be able to contend for the pl in the next 50 years. Martinelli just poured cold water on the transfer rumours linking him away and also hinted on the team’s aim this season which is top four,this has made my day,Bs7 and esr will definitely stay cos they once stated in an interview that the pl is ‘coming home’.COYG

  4. Love the lad but I do not believe he has got back to the lvl we saw under Emery ,I know he had the injury but he’s now been fit for 12 months and apart from a good bit of form in December and January he’s still not hit the heights we saw when he first come on the scene .
    Hopefully he won’t become another offensive player bogged down in our robotic system and he kicks on to what I know he’s capable of .

    1. What level under Emery? He literally never started a single league game under Emery. He did have a fantastic start in the Europa/league cup where he scored 7 in his 1st 4 hence the hype train against Forest, Liege, Vitoria Guimaraes and Liverpool’s kids. His first start and league goal was under Freddie. These made up myths do make me laugh.

      1. You just answered your own question and called it a myth ,funny that .
        Where did I state he started a league game in my comment ?
        Angry Angus needs to open those eyes and read what is written me thinks .

  5. Martinelli to me have not gotten to the level with which he started under Emery. Maybe injuries and inability to get consistent opportunities or have not really adapted to Arteta style. In him we have a very good player and potential to be world class.

  6. Gabby’s fighting talk is the stuff that we fans love to hear. Without passion and heart no team has any chance. What elevates us in todays team under the astute managership of MA , is that unlike Spuids, and Man Utd(especially UTD) OUR YOUNG AND OPTIMISTIC TEAM SHOWS PASSION HEART AND DESIRE TO WIN IN DROVES.

    In my mind this is exactly THOSE qualities that makes me think we are very likely to win the race for fourth. To be clear, I see that desire in Wolves and West Ham too but feel they are too far off the pace to now take fourth.

  7. Time will tell, but hopefully he will be a mainstay at Arsenal. Hungry and passionate players like Martinelli is what many fans want at the club.

    His affection for Arsenal is clear, and personally I prefer a class player who loves the club over a worldie who is only a mercenary.

  8. SmithRowe & Martinelli both want to stay long term, we are hearing Saka will get a new and well improved deal this summer to tie him down for a few more years. We have just signed Ramsdale, Øde, White, Tomi & Gabriel/Tierney came not too long before so the future is secured.

    Add Saliba, New Top Drawer DM & ST and we are ready to go bar a few gaps to fill for cover in certain areas etc… with the youngsters coming through the Academy also we could well have a great squad for years to come.

    Top4 is the target according to Gabby and by doing that we attract better quality young players to push this young squad even further. Fair play to Mikel you have made these young lads very hungry and passionate for our club.

    Big win v Watford away and we are looking favourites for this 4th Spot.

  9. Agree with Durand above and the benefits of bringing players through the ranks, with the esprit de couer, loyalty and commitment that brings.
    However I have seen over the years following Arsenal, that where money is involved the Club has not let player loyalty or the team’s success stand in the way of capitalising on a player’s value.
    Following the double in 1970/71 under Bertie Mee, I was very upset when Ray Kennedy was sold to Liverpool. Similarly the “Invincibles” were broken up, when Arsenal chased quick money rather than invest in further success.
    Therefore despite what Gabriel Martinelli expresses now, he may ultimately have little say in his longitivity at the Club. I hope I am wrong, but history makes one cynical.

  10. Love the enthusiasm, but will only believe it when I’ve seen it. He could be wearing a Real Madrid shirt in three years time, telling their fans how it has always been his dream to play for such a big club. Not disrespecting Brazilians, I’ve taught more than a few and regard them highly, including many friendships but they have a propensity to exaggerate as well as an acute awareness of knowing where the next dollar is going to come from. Regarding Martinellii, I also tend to agree with Dan Kit. He is still a work in progress and far from a finished product, so the jury is still out.

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