Ian Wright admits Arsenal face a battle to keep hold of Gabriel Martinelli


Arsenal legend Ian Wright has admitted it will be very difficult for his former club to keep hold of Gabriel Martinelli after his impressive start to life in England.

The Brazilian arrived in north London as an unknown quantity last summer but has caught the eye with a series of impressive displays, scoring nine goals in 20 appearances so far.

His form has already put him on the radar of some of Europe’s leading clubs and Wright has warned Arsenal they face a fight to keep him.

He told Radio 5 Live: ‘When you see him you can see there is a hunger and a determination about him. I’ve been in contact with him with texts and things, you can see that all he wants to do is do well.

‘He’s so hungry. I think it’s only Jadon Sancho as a teenager who has scored more goals than him in the top five leagues so he’s somebody that has definitely got something in him.

‘We’re lucky to have him and if he carries on improving the way he is, then it’s going to be very difficult to keep hold of him.

‘If they can create chances, the way he moves into the box, he’s going to score goals and that is what we need to concentrate on with Arsenal, scoring more goals and creating more chances.’

The 18-year-old Brazilian signed for £6million back in the summer. He played 90 minutes in Saturday’s draw with Sheffield United, scoring the opening goal in the absence of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.


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