Martin Odegaard has been particularly impressed with Gabriel Martinelli since joining on loan, liking what he sees in training.
After a couple of positive months with Arsenal, Martin Odegaard is making plenty of headlines during his loan spell at the moment.
Whether it’s a North London derby goal, a last-16 Europa League stunner, the fact he’s recently been made captain of Norway, or the endless discussions about his future, there’s plenty to talk about with the 22-year-old.
However, the Premier League asked Odegaard to share some of that limelight this week, prompting him to highlight a young Arsenal player who seems like one to watch right now.
“Obviously we have Bukayo [Saka] and Emile [Smith Rowe] and they are already playing so much,” Odegaard began. “But I think one guy who hasn’t played that much lately is Gabi Martinelli.
“He’s such a big talent, you see him in training every day and you see it. He’s a really talented player with a lot of qualities, so I think definitely he’s one for the future. And he’s so young still, so I will go with him.”
Compared to Odegaard, Martinelli hasn’t had quite so many chances to impress in recent times.
The Brazilian teenager only made one 13-minute appearance in the entirety of February, and it took until the very last club games of March for him to get a couple of substitute showings – after seven consecutive league games without an appearance.
Mikel Arteta has taken responsibility for that and admitted Martinelli hasn’t done anything wrong in his approach to training. But the manager insists the youngster needs to be patient because of the tough competition in forward areas.
Perhaps that will change if and when some of them leave this summer. For now, Martinelli will need to make the most of his cameo opportunities to impress.