Arsenal’s surprise transfer stance on Gabriel Martinelli as Real Madrid eye Brazilian star | Football | Sport

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Should he stay at the Emirates, however, Martinelli could find himself playing a role of added significance next season.

That’s because Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could leave this summer, with less than 12 months remaining on his contract with Arsenal as of July.

But Alan Smith, despite being a big fan of Martinelli, has urged Arteta not to put too much pressure on the teenager too soon.

He told Sky Sports: “It’s asking a lot of [Eddie] Nketiah or Martinelli, as talented as they both are, to step into the shoes of a tried-and-tested goalscorer like Aubameyang, who has been playing at the top level for a lot of years.

“If Aubameyang did leave I’m sure they would be looking to bring some experience in but they are restricted by their finances.



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