Following recent comments from Gabriel Martinelli’s agent, his father has now spoken out to deny the links to Corinthians and state that Arsenal will not release his son to play elsewhere.

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LONDON, ENGLAND: Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal in action during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Arsenal and AFC Wimbledon at Emirates Stadium on September 22, 2021. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Reports in recent days have suggested that Brazilian club Corinthians are interested in bringing Gabriel Martinelli back to his home country on loan in the January transfer window.

The Arsenal youngster’s agent told the media there’s “zero chance” of that, but just for good measure, Yahoo! Esportes also spoke to Martinelli’s father about the possibility.

“No chance of him going to Corinthians or any other Brazilian club,” Joao Martinelli said.

“Since he came back from injury, he’s been playing a lot less than he’d like.

“There have been proposals from Europe, but Arsenal has already warned they will not release him.”

BRENTFORD, ENGLAND - AUGUST 13: Frank Onyeka of Brentford and Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal battle for the ball during the Premier League match between Brentford and Arsenal at Brentford Community Stadium on August 13, 2021 in Brentford, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
BRENTFORD, ENGLAND – AUGUST 13: Frank Onyeka of Brentford and Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal battle for the ball during the Premier League match between Brentford and Arsenal at Brentford Community Stadium on August 13, 2021 in Brentford, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Arsenal’s Gabriel Martinelli stance

Despite Martinelli’s limited minutes on the pitch, Martinelli Sr. insists that the Arsenal hierarchy are big believers in his son, who remains very committed every day in training.

“People like him a lot,” Joao Martinelli added.

“Not only for how he plays, but also for his dedication. Martinelli is almost always the first to arrive for training and the last to leave.”

Martinelli has made eight appearances for Arsenal this season, including two starts in the Premier League and two in the League Cup.

He won a penalty in the cup win against AFC Wimbledon, but he’s yet to provide a goal or assist this campaign.

The 20-year-old should have a chance to find his rhythm over the festive period and through January, as the fixture list gets congested and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang heads off for AFCON.

That will likely be why Arsenal aren’t considering a loan right now.

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