Ben White says Arsenal have an incredibly skilled 20-year-old in their ranks
Arsenal defender Ben White has claimed that Gunners forward Gabriel Martinelli is the most skilful player at the Emirates.
Unai Emery brought the 20-year-old to Arsenal from Brazilian side Ituano FC in 2019 for just £6million.
In 2019-20, Martinelli netted 10 times, becoming the first teenage goalscorer to reach double figures for Arsenal since Nicolas Anelka in 1998-99.
The Brazilian has struggled for game time under Mikel Arteta, however.
Last season, Martinelli made just 23 appearances for Arsenal, while this season, he has played just four times.
Despite his lack of game time, the youngster is clearly a skilful player, recognised by fans and his peers.
White, speaking on an Ask Me Anything session on Arsenal’s Twitch channel, praised Martinelli’s talent.
When asked who he thought was the most skilful player at Arsenal, he replied: “I would probably go Gabriel. He’s silky!”
According to football.london, Martinelli starred for the Gunners in a behind-closed-doors friendly with QPR at London Colney on Wednesday.
White, Gabriel Magalhaes, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Alexandre Lacazette were also involved in the 3-2 win over the R’s, added the outlet.
Martinelli looked set to be Arsenal’s next big star, but sadly he has spent a lot of time on the sidelines.
He was injured at various points over the past two seasons, but he continues to struggle for game time under Arteta.
However, a contract extension until 2024 suggests he’s definitely one for the long term, and he’s bound to get more time as the season goes on.
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