Martinelli needs the right space to grow within the squad – Arteta

Thu 14 October 2021 | 15:49

Arsenal boss insists Gabriel Martinelli needs time to adjust after his injury.

Gabriel Martinelli

experienced a great start at the Emirates Stadium, as the 20-yearold scored 10 goals in his debut campaign with


. The Brazilian forward, however, fell out of Mikel Arteta’s pecking order after being sidelined due to various injuries.

Although Martinelli has only made two Premier League appearances this season, Arteta insists the youngster is still in his future plans and they just need to find him the right space within the squad.

“He had some games that he played, he started against Brentford and he started against Chelsea as well,”

the Gunners’ boss said.

“Unfortunately he got injured last week, it is a minor injury but we don't know if he is going to be available for Monday but we have a lot of trust with Gabby and we need to find the right space for him to grow within the squad.

“If you look at the number of games that he's played obviously the injuries that he suffered have been big setbacks on that with him.

“We sometimes forget his age, what he's done and where he is and we need to try to help him as well to maintain that balance because you can generate frustration that comes out of, in my opinion, an unrealistic diagnosis and you need time to do that.”

source: SportMob

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