Gabriel Martinelli believes Arsenal’s current side will be one of the best teams in the world in the future, as they reach their potential.

LEEDS, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 18: Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal celebrates after scoring their team's second goal during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Arsenal at Elland Road on December 18, 2021 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)
LEEDS, ENGLAND: Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal celebrates after scoring their team’s second goal during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Arsenal at Elland Road on December 18, 2021. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Arsenal are currently in the middle of a battle to make it into the top four, and there are certainly no guarantees that’s where they’ll end up.

With Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Wolves, and West Ham United all fighting for the same spot, Arsenal are going to need to start winning with regularity to stand any chance.

That being said, Gabriel Martinelli points out that they’re still a very young side, and he believes Arsenal will be fighting it out with the very best before long.

“We are so young,” Martinelli said. “The oldest player in the game against City was Laca, but a lot of players are 22, 23, 24.

“We have time to improve and we are going to do that. One hundred percent — we will be one of the best teams in the world.”

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: Martin Odegaard (L) of Arsenal celebrates with teammate Gabriel Martinelli after scoring their side's first goal during the Premier League match between Everton and Arsenal at Goodison Park on December 06, 2021 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND: Martin Odegaard (L) of Arsenal celebrates with teammate Gabriel Martinelli after scoring their side’s first goal during the Premier League match between Everton and Arsenal at Goodison Park on December 06, 2021. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

It’s hard to deny just how young the team is. The 18 youngest lineups in the Premier League this season were all named by Arsenal, and the Gunners are the only team in the league to name a side with an average age below 24 this season.

There are no guarantees any or all of the players will reach their potential, that they’ll stick around if they do, and that they’ll avoid any major setbacks.

Any Arsenal fan will have plenty of examples to draw on of players who never ended up hitting the heights we expected thanks to injuries, attitude, or simply failing to kick on.

But it’s exciting to feel like much of the team should continue to improve year on year simply by keeping players around.

Better that than scrambling to make the most of an ageing side before it falls apart, constantly looking for the next quick fix.

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