Wilshere surprised by Arteta's treatment of Gabriel Martinelli
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Wilshere surprised by Arteta's treatment of Gabriel Martinelli

Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere says he was left 'surprised' by Mikel Arteta's reluctance to play youngster Gabriel Martinelli. 

Martinelli managed only nine starts for Arsenal in all competitions last season after the Brazilian returned from a knee injury in December. Wilshere believes the 20-year-old deserved more games last season and is positive Gabi has a bright future at the Emirates.

"I was surprised at times when Arsenal needed a goal, they needed something and he wasn't thrown on," the former Arsenal midfielder told Highbury Squad. 

"He is that type of player who can do that. He arrives in the box. He always seems to be in the right place, at the right time. You cannot teach them things."

On Future 

"I feel he will only get better with experience of playing in the big games," he added.

"I do think he is a player who will thrive off having the fans back. I remember the game at Chelsea when he scored that goal. He just got better and better as the game went on and the fans got behind him."

"I am excited to see more of him."

Martinelli caught the eyes of many in his first season with Arsenal as he netted 10 goals after signing from Brazilian side Ituano in 2019. 

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