Arsenal: 3 young players who could start next season

Bukayo Saka, Arsenal (Photo by Chloe Knott - Danehouse/Getty Images)
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Gabriel Martinelli, Arsenal (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images) /

2. Gabriel Martinelli

Gabriel Martinelli is one of the safer bets for Arsenal since the fans are already familiar with him starting matches. While most of his performances came from the substitutes’ bench this season, he did start a total of 15 games across all competitions this season, scoring an astonishing 10 goals and providing two assists in the process.

Martinelli is a proven goal-scorer and having scored against big clubs such as Chelsea and Liverpool, he is certainly Premier League-proven. Martinelli’s involvement in the starting XI will only sky-rocket if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is sold, which is one of the positives of losing the Gabon international.

Martinelli primarily plays as a wide-player as this tends to be his favoured position, however, he can play more centrally if need be. Either way, he likes to cut inside and get himself in goal-scoring positions anyway.

Arteta is a known fan of Martinelli’s work and so are the fans. He is very success-hungry which is an amazing quality to have at his age, especially considering most young players nowadays are only interested in the partying lifestyle and accumulating Instagram followers.

Martinelli will likely feature a lot next season anyway as he continues to mature, ageing at 18 years old. However, a lack of signings in the summer transfer window could see the young Brazilian lead the Gunners frontline by storm.