Gabriel Martinelli says he’s in talks with Arsenal over a new contract and “of course” wants to stay.
Signed from homeland side Ituano in 2019, the Brazilian attacker has become an integral part of Mikel Arteta’s squad in the last couple of seasons.
He last signed a contract extension in July 2020 while he was recovering from new surgery and the deal lasts through until 2024 with the Gunners retaining an option to extend it by another year.
“Of course, I want to stay,” he told reporters after scoring in Sunday’s 3-2 win over Liverpool.
“We are talking. Let’s see what is going to happen. But I want to stay, of course.”
While there’s no major rush to tie down Gabi to new terms, the club seem keen to reward him with a payrise commensurate with his growing presence.
Last Arteta touched on talks with all three players, saying: “Obviously we have to plan for the future. We’re all working on it, obviously Edu is on top of it and all the board.
“We’ll try to do things in the right way, being fair and trying to plan in the best possible way and reward the players that in our opinion have a big future for the club. When we have something to announce, we will do that.”