By Kevin Campbell

21st Nov, 2021 | 10:22am

Arsenal fans 'will love' Martinelli after 'wonderful' behind-the-scenes claim - Campbell

Kevin Campbell is adamant Gabriel Martinelli will be handed his “opportunity to shine” by Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Gunners striker said the 20-year-old’s “time will come” because he “is a wonderful talent”.

Martinelli was an unused substitute in Saturday’s 4-0 loss at Liverpool.

The Brazilian forward has played just 11 minutes of Premier League football since the 2-0 loss at Chelsea in mid-August.

Speaking to Esportes (November 11th), Martinelli’s agent Joao Martinelli claimed his client is “first to arrive for training and the last to leave.”

He added that Arsenal will not entertain offers for Martinelli in the new year, despite his lack of game time.

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When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of the forward’s situation, Campbell said: “Martinelli is not getting much game time but he is still so young.

“I know everyone is saying, ‘He’s got quality and he needs to be playing.’ But, there’s much more experience players in front of him.

“Martinelli’s time will come. It will. He is a wonderful talent, and hard worker and a student of the game. He wants to improve.

“Hearing that he is first into training and last out endears him to the Arsenal fan base even more. They’ll love that.

“His time will come and Arteta will give him opportunities to shine. I cannot see him going out on loan because he is one of the first players to come off the bench in the forward area.”

In other news, an Arsenal youngster has been tipped to leave in January after a major transfer reveal.