Gabriel Martinelli needs to take a big leap forward this season because his potential is enormous.
For me, he gets great reviews, but it's never for the whole game. He plays in flashes. I remember seeing him against Liverpool last season in the cup and for 15 minutes he gave Trent Alexander-Arnold the absolute runaround.
But I don't think he really touched the ball after that. He has moments in games and you've got to have more than moments if you want to reach the top. He has to keep wanting and demanding the ball all the time. He's got so much talent. He needs to use it more consistently.
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You can't keep drifting in and out of a football match. He's better than that. Don't be amazing for ten minutes and then disappear.
He's got pace, he's got quick feet, he's a good finisher. He's got everything. He just has to put it all out there for longer. I would like to see him get more involved in the game in the way Bukayo Saka does. He could learn from that.
Saka has learned to stay involved and keep attacking, all the time. Martinelli needs to look at what Saka does and follow his example. If he gets it all together like Saka, he could be a really big gamechanger for Arsenal. A really important part of the team.
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He needs a run in the team. He might argue he doesn't get enough time on the pitch, that he's one of the first to get subbed if a game goes badly. I think he needs a run of ten or 11 starts in a row where he can really bed down and feel settled and important.
Arsenal have bundles of talent in attacking areas. They have Saka and Emile Smith Rowe, Gabriel Jesus has come in, Martin Odegaard is in there.
The one thing is that Martinelli has been at Arsenal for a few years now and nobody is sure what his best position is. But I think it's between Martinelli and Smith Rowe for that spot on the left. If he takes up the challenge, he could really develop into a top player.
It's exciting times for Arsenal because they really have the ammunition to do well and those players are all young and improving.
I think Martinelli will get games though. I think he's just in front of Smith Rowe in my opinion. I think he could have a big season.
Arsenal are going to have games where they are mindblowing and it all kicks in and they score goals and look good. But they're still going to have games like the Newcastle one last season where they turn up somewhere and get blown away. That's the problem.
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