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Gabriel Martinelli has played down rumours of a possible move to Chelsea by confirming that he desires to commit his future to Arsenal by signing a latest contract. The Brazilian winger has nailed down a starting spot on the left flank for the Gunners this season and was on track to assist Mikel Arteta’s side beat Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.

Martinelli opened the scoring for the Gunners after just 58 seconds with a composed first-time finish from close range, with the goal marking his fourth within the Premier League thus far this season. The 21-year-old has been in talks with Arsenal over a latest and improved deal in recent weeks but is claimed to have been identified as a goal by Chelsea, who’re keeping an in depth eye on his development on the Emirates Stadium, based on the Each day Mail.

It’s claimed that Martinelli is among the many players being ‘monitored’ by the Blues as they prepare to strengthen their attacking ranks within the upcoming January transfer window. Nevertheless, it seems as if he just isn’t desirous about a move elsewhere as things stand after underlining his desire to proceed at Arsenal for the foreseeable future.

“I feel it’s my best season here at Arsenal, I’m so completely happy for this moment,” said Martinelli after the ultimate whistle on Sunday. “After all, I would like to remain. We’re talking. Let’s see what will occur, but I would like to remain, after all.”

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It has been reported that Arsenal are willing to supply Martinelli a significantly increased wage in an effort to reflect his necessary standing on the club, while his desire to agree latest terms could see negotiations wrapped up within the not-too-distant future. He stays tied right down to the Gunners until the summer of 2024 as things stand but will probably be wanting to resolve his long-term prospects as a matter of priority in an effort to remove any possible distractions from Arsenal’s bid to mount a Premier League title challenge.

Martinelli has registered a complete of 95 first-team appearances for Arsenal since joining the club from Brazilian side Ituano back in 2019 for a fee within the region of £6million. He was rewarded for his impressive form last season with a debut international call-up in March and will probably be eager to earn a spot in Brazil’s squad for the World Cup by maintaining his current standards over the following few weeks.

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He was hailed after his performance on Sunday by Arsenal boss Arteta, who stopped in need of confirming that a latest deal is on the horizon but made it clear that he would really like the Guarulhos native to sign on the dotted line.

“I feel today he had an impressive performance against a top defender and a top team and he made a difference in the sport, in addition to the opposite players,” Arteta told reporters. “That’s the following level, to step up in these games and make things occur to win it.

“We don’t get directed by a person performance. Gabby doesn’t have to point out me, whether he plays well or not well today, what he deserves. What is obvious is his hunger, his determination and his love for this game. You don’t know where he’s going to achieve because he’s all the time asking and willing for more.”

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