Gabriel Martinelli arrived at Arsenal at the start of the 19/20 season for just £6.03m so how much is Gabriel Martinelli worth now?
Gabriel Martinelli’s bench status explained
Mikel Arteta explained to the media why Gabriel Martinelli hasn’t been starting games.
Gabriel Martinelli has played just 53 minutes of Premier League football from the last 10 games, prompting questions about his fitness.
Speaking to the media ahead of Arsenal’s game against Leeds United on Valentine’s Day, Mikel Arteta explained just what is going on:
“Well, he came back and did really well, but then he picked up another injury,” Arteta said.
“It took him a while to come and now it’s about getting in his rhythm and getting his place in the team like anybody else. Don’t forget that we played him last time against Manchester United and he started ahead of other players, so it’s not like he’s not having the opportunities.
“We know that he’s got a huge potential and he’s done some really good things since he’s come back. He has a lot of things to develop in his game because of course at his age it’s normal.
So far this season, Martinelli has yet to hit the back of the net, picking up one assist from 361 minutes of football as he looks to get back to his pre-knee-injury form that saw him score 10 in his first season with Arsenal.
How much is Gabriel Martinelli worth?
The Brazilian forward was Arsenal’s first transfer of the summer of 2019 but how much did Arsenal pay for Gabriel Martinelli?
Martinell’s’ arrival was expected for a while with the deal completed long before this announcement. He was supposed to cost around €7.5m but it seems as if Arsenal have managed to land him for just over €6m, although he no doubt comes with a large sell-on clause in his five-year contract.
Full name: Gabriel Teodoro Martinelli Silva
Age: 18 (18 June, 2001)
Birthplace: Guarulhos, Brazil
Nationality: Brazilian (but could represent Italy)
Height: 5ft 11 (1.8m)
Shirt number: 35
Signed on: 2 July, 2019
Signed until: 30 June, 2024
Transfer fee: £6.03m
Wages: £1.1m-per-year, £21k-per-week
Speaking to the Arsenal site after signing, Martinelli said, “It is a dream since I was a child and also my family’s dream for me to be playing in Europe and playing for a big team like Arsenal. I am going to take this opportunity.”
The reason for holding off with his announcement was likely to do with the new kit being launched on 1 July. If Arsenal had announced him before, he would have had to pose in the Puma kit.
Arsenal scouts watched the player a lot last season and they held conversations with him back in February. Martinelli spoke to other Premier League clubs at the same time, but none of them were apparently as convincing as Arsenal.
Martinelli caught the eye in this year’s Campeonato Paulista, as he scored six goals and assisted three in 14 appearances. That put him just one goal off the competition’s top scorer and two assists off the top assist provider, despite his young age.
It’s a different prospect playing at the top level in English football, but Arsenal’s scouting team are clearly convinced he has the raw talent and his move was reportedly connected to Edu’s arrival later the same month as technical director.
From what we’ve seen so far, you’d be hard pushed to say they were wrong.
Gabriel Martinelli’s current value
Gabriel Martinelli is currently valued at £22.5m, an amount that has dropped slightly from a high of £25.2m in March, 2020 before his knee injury.
His value means he is the 273rd most valuable player in the world, the 107th in the Premier League, 12th at Arsenal, 24th amongst Brazilians across the globe, 29th left winger in global football and fourth amongst players born in 2001.
Gabriel Martinelli explains why he didn’t sign for Manchester United
Gabriel Martinelli was speaking to the Daily Mail and revealed that he used to train regularly with Manchester United, so why didn’t he sign for them?
We all knew that Martinelli trained with United and that they failed to sign him but I’m not sure we realised how much he was with them.
“For three or four years, I used to practise at Manchester United,” Martinelli said. “I would come to England, usually in the middle of the year, for about 15 or 20 days.
“It was a great experience, because I could find how European players behaved, how they defend, how they attack, how fast it is in their game.
“I improved a lot and brought it all back with me to Brazil, always trying to secure my place in the team. My dream was to play in Europe and these practices in England helped me do.”
In March 2020’s edition of FourFourTwo, they had an exclusive interview with Gabriel Martinelli in which he talked Arsenal and his trial at United and why he never signed for the Old Trafford outfit.
The young Brazilian made an instant impact with Arsenal fans last season thanks to his energetic and intelligent play, helped, off course, handsomely, by his 10 goals and four assists at a rate of 104.5 minutes per goal or assist.
It could have all been so different, however, if Manchester United had bothered to make him an offer.
“There was a partnership between Ituano and Manchester United which allowed me to go there every year, for four years, to train with boys my age or older,” Martinelli told the magazine.
“That was nice, because I got a first taste of what English football was like. I met Marouane Fellaini, Patrice Evra and Paul Pogba, and made sure I got a photo with all of them.”
Four Four Two then asked the obvious question – why didn’t he sign for them? “They didn’t make an offer, so I returned to Ituano and kept doing my job there.”
It’s hard to look at Martinelli now and not wonder how any club could turn him away, but, to be honest, I don’t give a toss about that.
All I know is quite a few did, and Arsenal ended up winning as a result.
How Arsenal signed Gabriel Martinelli
The scout who helped discover Gabriel Martinelli explains the full story behind Arsenal’s decision to sign the amazing young Brazilian.
Speaking to the Arsenal en América podcast, the scout who helped discover Gabriel Martinelli explained the process behind Arsenal’s eventual move for the player.
“We have a scout in Brazil, he told me about Gabriel,” Johnathan Vidalle began. “Later, Francis Cagigao asked for my opinion and I travelled to Brazil to see him.
“Everton Gushiken liked him, he had some doubts about some characteristics, he didn’t know if he could make it in the Premier League, but they were normal doubts, about his mentality.
“I travelled to see him. We try to see players live on the pitch and I liked him. Obviously he was playing in a fourth-tier team, Ituano, but he was competing against Palmeiras in the Paulista championship. I went to see him against Santos and against Ponte Preta.
“I was surprised by the mentality he has, how competitive he was. Gabriel played as a winger, always played as a winger.”
Of course, Cagigao has now left Arsenal, purged in the latest cull after decades at the club.
“Francis is very capable and forceful, sometimes one becomes convinced after seeing a player 10 or 15 times,” Vidalle added. “He only needs a weekend, he has a very good eye. He has a high organisational level and great man management, he is very capable.”
Martinelli, however, is hopefully only at the beginning of his Arsenal journey and the knee injury that has him sidelined until the end of the calendar year merely a small bump along the way.
Gabriel Martinelli’s eye-catching workrate
One of the first things most of us noticed about Martinelli was his workrate. Even during his non-competitive debut against Colorado Rapids, he was racing around, closing players down and winning the ball back.
Then, when he got his opportunity in that match, he took it. It was that combination of hard work and end product that drew Arsenal to him in the first place.
“I was impressed by his ability to repeat efforts and not only in the attacking part of the pitch,” Vidalle continued.
“He helped with the left-back, which is a bit what he has done now at Arsenal. He finished those sprints with the same speed and lucidity with which he started.
“Like in the goal against Chelsea, he had a little luck because the defender slipped, but he finished well.
“That competitiveness and that way of working are important for the Premier League, especially for the wingers, who have to be fast and help on the defensive side.
“The Premier League is very difficult, it is difficult to adapt to. We knew that winger is his position, but as false 9 he moves very well.”
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26 appearances and 15 starts into his Arsenal career, he has 10 goals and four assists. All that before he turned 19, including goals at Stamford Bridge and Anfield and a brace (plus assist) against Standard Liege when Arsenal won 4-0.
In the Europa League, he scored three goals and grabbed three assists in just seven games, only three of which he started. In the League cup, Martinelli scored four in two, averaging a goal every 45 minutes. He started both of those games.
The young Brazilian certainly isn’t shying away from the limelight or showing any problems with his ‘mentality’.
The teenager did drop out of Mikel Arteta’s Premier League team just before the league shutdown due to his knee injury and it will, unfortunately, be a while until we see him again.
Martinelli feel like a player that will be worth waiting on, though, doesn’t he?
You can read the full interview on Arseblog where he posted a transcript, translated from Spanish. The interview took place in April, when this article was first published. It has been updated to reflect Martinelli’s injury severity, add stats, and details about Francis Cagigao departure and Vidalle’s comments about him.