Gabriel Martinelli disagrees with Mikel Arteta over Arsenal role

Gabriel Martinelli

Arsenal forward Gabriel Martinelli is seen as a youngster who has a bright future at the Emirates  – but it remains unclear in what capacity.

Despite seeing his campaign ended by a knee injury that will rule him out until 2021, he has signed a new five-year deal at the club and is eyeing a successful career.

Back in March, Mikel Arteta stated his vision for Martinelli as a striker. “[Aubameyang and Martinelli] are centre forwards but with the squad balance that we have at the moment, to play on those positions on the left we don’t have five players,” the Spaniard said.

But, in an interview with Brazilian YouTube channel Bolivia Talk Show, Martinelli revealed he sees his best role being out wide.

Despite his disagreement with his manager, the Arsenal forward says he is happy to play anywhere he can help the team.

Martinelli said (via Arseblog ): “I like to play open and I play quite centrally, but I prefer to start wide. “But my preference is always just to play, centre-half, full-back, goalkeeper, I just want to play.”

He continued: “Arteta is the boss. I am trying to follow his path in being an idol at the club, winning trophies and being captain of the club.

“I have just signed a 5 year contract here and I will stay 5 years here, and if they renew with me again I will stay at this club, I love, I love this club. I dream of winning the league and the Champions League here.”

He also gave an update on his knee injury after recently undergoing surgery, Martinelli said: “I started walking again last week, so I hope to be back as soon as possible.”


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