Gabriel Martinelli followed Bukayo Saka’s lead and signed a new deal with the club on Friday, with reports suggesting it could take him to 2025.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 21: Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal scores his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Arsenal FC at Stamford Bridge on January 21, 2020, in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal scores his team’s first goal on January 21, 2020. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

The Times initially reported that Arsenal were expecting Gabriel Martinelli to commit to a new deal, underlining their commitment to youth after the recent extension for Bukayo Saka.

It didn’t take long for Arsenal to confirm the contract, posting on Friday night about his new ‘long-term’ deal.

Martinelli, of course, was already under contract with the club for the long term. He only joined the club last summer, and depending on which source you believe, he either had a contract to 2023 or 2024.

The new deal reportedly takes him to 2024 with a club option to extend to 2025. That’s actually the longest contract any player at Arsenal is on right now.

There were reasons for both sides to want to extend. Given Saka is so young, Arsenal will happily tie him down for as long as possible. For Martinelli, it’s a chance to boost his wages.

No one really predicted how quickly he would make it as a first-team regular, so his previous wages reflected that. Reports earlier this year suggested he was only earning £10,000-a-week.

Right now, Martinelli is out with an injury. But it’s nice for him to know his club has faith in him and are ready to support him through a setback. Hopefully, he’ll want to repay that faith in the same way he did with his 10 goals for Arsenal this season.