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Arsenal legend Paul Merson has told all on how he expects Gabriel Martinelli to go on and make an enormous impression this season. The Brazilian is well-loved by Gunners fans, who became more central to Mikel Arteta’s plans last season.

Arsenal star Martinelli has been told he has enormous potential and will go on to develop into a serious star next season on the club.

The Gunners have been splashing the money this summer and have already brought in various players including Gabriel Jesus, Marquinhos, Fabio Vieira and Matt Turner. Oleksandr Zinchenko is getting ready to joining as well from Manchester City in an extra boost to the club.

And while Arteta is busy constructing his squad, he might have already got one ace in the outlet in the shape of Martinelli. The Brazilian forced his way into the Arsenal manager’s plans last 12 months when he made 36 appearances in all competitions.

The following step can be to begin making more of an impact in front of goal having scored six goals last season. One avid fan of Martinelli’s is Merson, who reckons he’s able to make that forward leap next 12 months.

He wrote within the Each day Star: “Gabriel Martinelli must take a giant breakthrough this season because his potential is big.

“For me, he gets great reviews, but it surely’s never for the entire game. He plays in flashes. I remember seeing him against Liverpool last season within the cup and for quarter-hour he gave Trent Alexander-Arnold absolutely the runaround.

“But I do not think he really touched the ball after that. He has moments in games and you have to have greater than moments if you should reach the highest. He has to maintain wanting and demanding the ball on a regular basis. He’s got a lot talent. He needs to make use of it more consistently.

“He needs a run within the team. He might argue he doesn’t get enough time on the pitch, that he’s one in all the primary to get subbed if a game goes badly. I feel he needs a run of ten or 11 starts in a row where he can really bed down and feel settled and essential.

“Arsenal have bundles of talent in attacking areas. They’ve Saka and Emile Smith Rowe, Gabriel Jesus has are available in, Martin Odegaard is in there.

“The one thing is that Martinelli has been at Arsenal for a number of years now and no person is bound what his best position is. But I feel it’s between Martinelli and Smith Rowe for that spot on the left. If he takes up the challenge, he could really turn into a top player.”

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