Ian Wright has claimed that Arsenal could struggle to keep hold of their rising star Gabriel Martinelli in the future if he continues improving at hie current rate.
The Gunners only signed the 18-year-old attacker in the summer and he’s quickly broken into the first-team at the Emirates Stadium.
He’s played 20 senior games so far across all competitions and scored nine goals in return.
The versatile attackers found plenty of success operating on the left flank and drifting inside, while he can also play in a central role too.
Pundit Wright is majorly impressed by the teenage forward and has revealed that he’s been in contact with advice for him.
But he’s concerned that the talented South American could end up leaving if Arsenal don’t get better.
“When you see him you can see there is a hunger and determination about him. I’ve been in contact with him, you can see all he wants to do is do well,” Wright told BBC Radio 5 Live Sport.
“He is somebody that has definitely got something. We are very lucky to have him and if he carries on improving at the rate he is it’s going to be very difficult to keep hold of him. If they can create chance, the way he makes his move into the box he’s going to score goals.”
Martinelli already looks such a mature striker for an 18-year-old and it’s his intelligent movement around the box that has really caught the eye.
It seems there is a stack of quality forward options at the disposal of Arteta and the youngster is now beginning to get more regular minutes under his belt.
The wide player makes an impact usually whenever he’s on the pitch and fans are now demanding he becomes a regular in the team, especially while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is out through suspension.
Martinelli is under contract at the Emirates until 2024 and only just through the door at the North London club, but he does look a player destined for big things.