Gabriel Martinelli has further underlined his commitment to Arsenal by suggesting a contract extension is a mere formality.
The Gunners are keen to tie down the Brazil international to terms more befitting of his growing status in the first team squad and in the process aim to extend a deal that currently runs until 2025 (including a one-year extension option).
Facing the media ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash with FC Zurich, the 21-year-old said:
“I’m very happy at Arsenal. I said it many times, this is my club, I love to be here, I love the city, I love the club, I love everything about Arsenal. I want to stay, I’m very happy. I just need to get a pen.”
As he admitted, Martinelli has spoken very openly about wanting to stay at Arsenal. In March, he memorably said:
“Arsenal are a giant team. If I can, I’ll stay here my whole life. I want to conquer things, I already said, I want to stay here and win titles, with this wonderful crowd, my teammates.”
Arsenal are also understood to be close to tying down Bukayo Saka to a new deal and also want William Saliba to commit his long-term future to the club.