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TBR View: Arsenal agreeing Gabriel Martinelli contract will be masterstroke

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TBR View: Arsenal agreeing Gabriel Martinelli contract will be masterstroke

It was in the month of January during his first season with the club that Thierry Henry scored his 10th goal for Arsenal in all competitions.

The Frenchman recovered from a slow start with the Gunners to go on and finish the campaign with 27 strikes in total. Of course, he would go on to become one of the greatest players English football has seen.

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20 years on, and Arsenal have just had another forward score their 10th goal for the club across all competitions during the January of their first season.

Gabriel Martinelli’s stunning solo strike against Chelsea on Tuesday put the Premier League on notice.

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It was a goal that would have perhaps initially evoked memories of Henry picking up the ball inside his own half and scoring after striding by the Tottenham midfield with ease in 2002.

And the finish at Stamford Bridge was reminiscent of one of the Arsenal’s all-time leading goalscorer’s strikes against Manchester United one year earlier.

In fairness, Kepa played the part of Fabian Barthez superbly. The Chelsea goalkeeper dived the wrong way, allowing Martinelli to cooly slot the ball home for the Gunners’ first equaliser.

Unsurprisingly, almost all of the talk after the game was about Martinelli. Arsenal’s newest revelation.

And it appears in the wake of the draw, the Gunners have made a very good decision.

 

The Daily Mail has reported this week that Arsenal have opened contract talks with the 18-year-old and are prepared to triple his wages.

The Mail reports that Martinelli’s current deal does not expire until 2024 anyway. But Mikel Arteta’s men deserve a lot of praise for being proactive.

In fact, based on the start Martinelli has made to life at the Emirates, it would perhaps appear fair to predict that getting the forward to sign a new deal may prove to be one of the most significant agreements the club reaches for some time.

Martinelli appears to have a frightening amount of potential. The Mail notes that Real Madrid are keen on the teenager and value him at £50 million.

Agreeing a new contract with him would arguably be a better move than signing any of the players the Gunners appear to have been linked with this month.

Arsenal have a very special player on their hands. And they must not let him go anywhere.

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