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What Edu and Mikel Arteta think of Gabriel Martinelli as Arsenal send transfer warning to star

There is no doubting that Gabriel Martinelli remains one of the most exciting talents throughout Arsenal’s first-team squad – but as game time remains limited, speculation will grow.

The Brazilian has only been able to show flashes of what he can do on the pitch, most recently producing an excellent piece of skill against AFC Wimbledon in the Carabao Cup, and concerns have started to grow that they could lose the 20-year-old if he continues to warm the bench.

He appeared as a substitute against Watford in the Premier League on Sunday but is yet to start a match since the opening day defeat to Brentford.

But he was offered a stern reminder by former Arsenal ace Kevin Campbell earlier in the campaign.

“Martinelli is only 20. He is still learning his trade. Arsenal cannot do wrong by signing a top, young international striker like Watkins or Calvert-Lewin,” Campbell told Football Insider.

“[Alexandre] Lacazette will not be there next season. Martinelli will get his opportunities – the key is taking them.

“You will not get picked just because you are a young player who needs experience. You need to be doing the business to get on. Martinelli has to take his chance when it comes. That has been the case in football ever since I was a kid.”

With the international break now upon us, Martinelli has been given time to train in a more central role, but it has also given his dad the opportunity to talk about the Brazilian’s future.

Speaking to Esportes in Brazil, Joao Martinelli revealed that Arsenal have insisted the striker will not be sold to any interested parties.

“Since he came back from an injury, he’s been playing a lot less than he would have liked,” he said.

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