Mikel Arteta has dismissed the idea that Gabriel Martinelli could be loaned out in January, and insists that he has a lot of trust in the 20 year old.
The Brazilian hasn’t played a great deal this season, although he did start some games at the beginning of the campaign, leading to questions about his lack of involvement.
It was put to the Arsenal boss today, who made it more than clear that the exciting young forward is in his plans when asked why he wasn’t getting more game time.
“Well, it’s because of the amount of players we have in those positions first of all,” he said.
“He has had some games that he’s played. He started against Brentford, he started against Chelsea as well, and he started other games (the two Carabao Cup games).
“Unfortunately he got injured last week, it’s a minor injury but we don’t know if he’s going to be available for Monday.
“But we have a lot of trust with Gabby, and we have to find the right space for him to grow within the squad.
“The injuries he has suffered have been big setbacks, we sometimes forget his age, what he’s done, and where he is.
“We need to try and help him maintain that balance right, because you know you can generate frustration that comes out, in my opinion, a not very realistic diagnosis and you need time to do that.”
It remains to be seen if Martinelli will be available for Monday evening’s visit of Crystal Palace, with Arteta revealing he’d picked up a small injury in training during the week, but when a loan move in January was posited, he ruled that out.
“No, I’m very happy with him,” he said. “We’re not looking at anything like that.”