Arteta asked if Gabriel Martinelli could leave Arsenal on loan in January
Mikel Arteta has claimed that he has no interest in letting Gabriel Martinelli leave Arsenal on loan in the January transfer window – in comments reported by Football London.
It has been a tough start to the campaign for the 20-year-old. He started both of their opening two Premier League games this season.
However, since then, he has been an unused substitute in Arsenal’s last five fixtures. And it does appear that there are concerns about his development stagnating.
It would seem that a potential loan move has been mooted. For some, the chance to play regularly would benefit the Brazilian greatly.
But Arteta has shot down the idea, insisting that Martinelli will be going nowhere during the winter window.
“No, I’m very happy with him, we’re not thinking of anything like that,” he said, as reported by Football London, when asked if he would like Martinelli loaned out.
Arteta may need to keep open-minded about Martinelli with January some time away
It does appear that Martinelli – who earns £90,000-a-week – will be going nowhere. But January is some time away still.
And with that in mind, Arteta may have to be prepared to change his stance if Martinelli does not start featuring more often.
William Saliba looks set to return to the Emirates with a lot more confidence once his loan spell ends.
So there is an upside to letting him head elsewhere.
He previously looked as though he was destined for the very top when he initially moved to the Emirates.
Injury hurt his progress. And it appears that he is yet to rediscover that form since his return.
Unfortunately, his lack of game-time is probably not going to do him any favours as he looks to get back on track.