Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has urged the club fans to be patient with Gabriel Martinelli after it was revealed that the player was back in full training and was rearing to go.
The 19-year-old has been out of action for six months and while Arteta expressed his delight with his return, it is expected that the player will work his way back with under-23 appearances as the Spaniard feels that they need not rush the player.
“Even during moments of adversity, you see him (Martinelli) training and what he brings to the team, his energy, his passion, his motivation – is translating positive emotions to everybody.
“He keeps going and wants to score goals. He’s ruthless in training and the more players you have like that will eventually translate to the football pitch and over time you will be stable.
“Gabi’s pressing brings something different to the team and we need players like him,” the 39-year-old added. Time is the keyword in this industry. The moment the ball doesn’t go in the net and you lose, you’re going to question the rest, so with Gabi, it’s the same. Now he needs time.”
“He’s done it for a period of time and in certain moments throughout a game, but consistently for three years, two or one? He’s never done it. I’m sorry, he’s never done it, so we cannot put that pressure on him. We have to be patient,” Arteta said on his Wednesday presser.
Martinelli who Arsenal from Ituano in 2019 has scored 10 goals in 26 appearances for the Gunners.