Arsenal forward Gabriel Martinelli has signed a new long-term contract with the club, Arsenal confirmed today. The announcement comes just 48 hours after the Gunners managed to tie down Bukayo Saka to a new four-year deal.
Martinelli’s contract is recognition for an excellent debut season in England after joining from São Paulo minnows Ituano last summer. The 19-year old has bagged 10 goals in 26 appearances in this campaign. His season has ended on a bitter note with a knee injury now ruling him out for some months, but the layoff appears to have given the player more time to settle his future.
Head coach Mikel Arteta told Arsenal.com: “I am very happy that Gabi has signed a new contract with us. He is a very talented young player and he has impressed us with his performances, attitude and work-rate. We are looking forward to getting him back to full fitness and to watching his development at our club.” Reports suggest this is a four-year deal with an option for the club to extend.
Everybody knows that Arsenal are in need of a rebuild and Martinelli and Saka are the poster boys for how this team might look in the years to come, so needless to say, it’s a relief to have them both commit to the club.