Gabriel Martinelli issued brutally honest Arsenal warning amid £50m transfer rumours

Kevin Campbell has warned Gabriel Martinelli that he has to take his chance at Arsenal amid links to Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Ollie Watkins.

The young Brazilian attacker has featured just twice in the Premier League for the Gunners so far this season, with both of his appearances in the opening two matches of the campaign, in defeats against Brentford and Chelsea.

Martinelli has not been chosen by Mikel Arteta since the defeat to Chelsea in August and his future at Arsenal has been thrown into doubt because of that.

The 20-year-old still has around three years remaining on his contract at the Emirates Stadium, but with recent links to Calvert-Lewin and Watkins, question marks have been raised about Martinelli’s place in Arteta’s plans.

According to a report from The Sun earlier in the month, Arsenal are chasing the England duo, with Everton striker Calvert-Lewin said to be available for £50million.

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Now, Campbell has been speaking about Martinelli and what is next for the forward – and has issued him an honest warning of what he needs to do.

Speaking to Football Insider, Campbell said: “Martinelli is only 20. He is still learning his trade. Arsenal cannot do wrong by signing a top, young international striker like Watkins or Calvert-Lewin.

ST ALBANS, ENGLANStuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty ImagesD - SEPTEMBER 25: Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal during a training session at London Colney on September 25, 2021 in St Albans, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal during a training session

“Lacazette will not be there next season. Martinelli will get his opportunities – the key is taking them.

“Nobody has time anymore. You will not get picked just because you are a young player who needs experience. You need to be doing the business to get on. Martinelli has to take his chance when it comes. That has been the case in football ever since I was a kid.

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“There isn’t as many games this season with no European football so when the chance comes it is massively important that you make the most of it.”

As Campbell mentioned, Alexandre Lacazette is unlikely to be at Arsenal next season, with the 30-year-old’s contract in north London due to come to an end in the summer.

Lacazette is free to speak to foreign clubs over signing a pre-contract agreement when the January transfer window opens, with Inter Milan said to be interested in the Frenchman’s services.

Likewise, Eddie Nketiah is also in the final few months of his deal with the Gunners and could also leave in January, with the north London club wanting to generate some funds for their soon-to-be out-of-contract strike duo.

Source by Football London

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