‘Nobody has time anymore’ – Stark warning for Arsenal youngster on the fringes

Gabriel Martinelli is slipping further and further from first-team action it seems, and Kevin Campbell insists that his chances won’t come naturally at Arsenal.

The Brazilian youngster returned to pre-season late due to his time at the Olympics where his side lifted gold, but has been struggling to break into the manager’s first-team plans.

With just two appearances in our opening seven Premier League outings, the worry is that he is now firmly behind a number of rivals in the bid for first-team football, with both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette vying for the one striker role, while Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard, Emile Smith Rowe and Nicolas Pepe look to share the three roles in behind.

Then you throw in all of Folarin Balogun and Eddie Nketiah into the mix also who are working hard to earn minutes in similar roles also, and it is grim reading for Martinelli, who was rated as one of the hottest young talents when making his major breakthrough with the first-team in only his first season in England.

Reports are now linking the club with bringing in a proven goalscorer before next season, with Lacazette expected to leave due to his current contract ending next summer, and Kevin Campbell has warned that Gabi especially will need to step-up to the plate when he gets his chance, because time is not on his side.

“Martinelli is only 20,” Campbell told the Football Insider.

“He is still learning his trade. Arsenal cannot do wrong by signing a top, young international striker like Watkins or Calvert-Lewin.

“Lacazette will not be there next season. Martinelli will get his opportunities. The key is taking them.

“Nobody has time anymore. You will not get picked just because you are a young player who needs experience. You need to be doing the business to get on. Martinelli has to take his chance when it comes. That has been the case in football ever since I was a kid.

“There isn’t as many games this season with no European football so when the chance comes it is massively important that you make the most of it.”

Is it too soon to worry about Martinelli not making it at Arsenal? Would we regret allowing him to leave the club?


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  1. His time will surely come. He is young and will surely improve and take his chances. He has the necessary talent, it is only a question of application and a bit of luck.

  2. MA at some point, will play him either on the left or as a CF. These will be his chances and he has to grab them with both hands.

  3. Arteta is too slow in solving issues for these youngsters. Once you know who you need for the year, it’s a good idea to send the others out on loan for their faster development. there’s no use keeping them there for ever and not using them while time is flying.
    Also some mimimum rotation is good during games. At Brighton, Aubameyang ans Saka would have been taken out earlier.

    Arteta should also ask himself why Saka is performing better in the national squad

  4. generic clichés seem an all-too-familiar refrain from those who are unwilling to hold this club and it’s highly paid administrative branch accountable for their actions…based on what we’ve seen so far, unless a couple injuries occur in key positions, playing time will be hard to come by for Marts…it’s clear that our manager either doesn’t rate the young Brazilian or he’s still holds a grudge against him for behaviour he deemed wholly unacceptable, which seems rather short-sighted and counter-intuitive from a “process” perspective

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