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Arteta talks about the development of Martinelli and Ramsdale’s early impressions at Arsenal

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has spoken about Gabriel Martinelli’s development while also commenting on Aaron Ramsdale’s early influence on the club.

After a shaky start to the season, in which the Gunners lost all three of their first three league games, there has been a significant improvement in three of these games in recent weeks.

That turnaround in fortunes was largely aided by Arteta’s ability to name a largely balanced side lately after the squad suffered injuries and Covid-19 issues earlier in the season.

One man who has suffered from the lack of change is Gabriel Martinelli. The Brazilian youngster has only played two Premier League games so far this season, losing to Brentford and Chelsea at the start of the season.

Speaking of the 20-year-old’s lack of playing time prior to the clash with Crystal Palace on Monday, the Arsenal boss admitted that the sheer number of attack options available to him was a factor, with players like Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe seems to be ahead in the pecking order.

“Fountain, [it’s] because of the amount of players we have in these positions, ”he said at his pre-game press conference. “First of all, he had a few games that he played. He started against Brentford and he also started against Chelsea.

“Unfortunately he was injured last week – it’s a minor injury and we don’t know if he will be available on Monday. We have a lot of options with Gabi and we have to find the right space so that he can grow in the squad.

In fact, Martinelli’s engagement has been hampered by injuries since arriving from Ituano in 2019, with only 30 league appearances in recent seasons.

“If you look at the number of games he has played, the injuries he has sustained have been major setbacks. Sometimes we forget his age, what he did and where he is.

“We have to try to help him get that balance because you know you can create frustrations which I believe result from an unrealistic diagnosis. You need time for that. “

Arteta was also asked if the striker could be loaned out, although the player is apparently still very much in his plans.

“I am very happy with him. We don’t think about that. “

The Spaniard also commented on the early impression made by Aaron Ramsdale in the summer, which had “adapted very well to the club”.

“We have tried to make the decision as a club to bring in the right profile that we believe has all the qualities necessary to be successful at the club,” he said of the goalkeeper.

“It’s very early to judge how good he is, but the way he’s settled in and what he can convey on and off the pitch is very important to me. He got involved and he adapted very well to the club.

“I think he has a very good connection with our fans too and he’s doing a good job, which is the most important thing.”

After Ramsdale had already ousted Bernd Leno as Arsenal’s starting goalkeeper, he decided to do the same on an international level with the current number one Jordan Pickford. Arteta insists his new husband is on the right track.

“He has to keep performing like he did and always trying to think about what he’s doing right and then keep doing those things, being humble and thinking about the things that he can improve.

“Then everything becomes natural, as it happened very early on for him to be a goalkeeper with his age and his career. He deserves this because he handled every step of the way. Some of them were difficult moments and disappointments that are also important for moving forward in your career.

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