Arteta - Martinelli's time will come

11 April 2021 22:23:18 GMTPlus10

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is adamant that Gabriel Martinelli has a "bright future" at the Emirates despite a lack of first-team involvement this season.

The 19-year-old arrived at Arsenal from Brazilian third-tier outfit Ituano in the summer of 2019, but his short career in north London has been plagued by injuries.

Gabi has a lot of things to improve. He has got big qualities as well, and we have other players in those positions.

Mikel Arteta

The Brazilian has been limited to just 21 appearances in an Arsenal shirt, featuring only 13 times this season and not starting since January's goalless draw at home to Manchester United.

Arteta has been keen to give youth a chance to shine since being appointed as Arsenal manager in December 2019, with Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka already establishing themselves as regulars in the starting line-up.

Martinelli has come off the bench late on in Arsenal's last two matches against Liverpool and Slavia Prague, and Arteta insists the Brazilian's opportunities will come.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Arteta said: "Because we cannot put six or seven young kids out there. We need some cohesion, we need the timing.

"Gabi has a lot of things to improve. He has got big qualities as well, and we have other players in those positions."

He added: "Then we have to create links within the team and balance within the team. This will come."

Arsenal sit 11th in the Premier League after 30 matches, but can break into the Premier League's top half with victory over Sheffield United on Sunday evening.

The Gunners are 1.66 to win at Bramall Lane, where Sheffield United are 5.50 and the draw is 3.60.

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