Arsenal forward Gabriel Martinelli has informed Mikel Arteta he is “ready” for any opportunities which come his way as he bids for more game time at the Emirates.
Martinelli joined the Gunners in the summer of 2019 and made an instant impression during his first season by scoring 10 goals in all competitions.
But the 19-year-old’s breakthrough campaign was cut short by a serious knee injury he sustained in training which ruled him out for six months.
Martinelli impressed on his to action in December but another injury – a minor ankle complaint – means he has struggled to earn regular minutes.
The Brazilian insists his fitness issues are now behind him and he is ready to make his mark in the second half of the season.
“I’m feeling very good. I don’t feel any more pain on my knee and this is the most important thing. I’m ready (to play) when Mikel needs me.”
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Martinelli prefers to play on the left side of attack, a spot which is generally reserved for Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The youngster acknowledges this fact and insists he is learning a huge amount from training and playing alongside the Gabonese ace.
Martinelli added: “I’m working very hard (to start). Of course Auba plays in my position but I look to him every day, in every training, to learn as much as I can from him, he’s also a great guy off the pitch.
“I want to follow into Aubameyang’s footsteps, he’s a captain, he wears the No.14 shirt, that is a symbol for this club and of course, I hope to be very successful at Arsenal.”
Martinelli will hope to be involved as Arsenal look to bounce back from two consecutive defeats as they host Leeds in the Premier League on Sunday.
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