Campbell delivers 'massive' verdict on Martinelli quitting Arsenal after £50m report
Kevin Campbell has claimed it is “massively important” for Gabriel Martinelli to take his chances at Arsenal amid reported interest in Ollie Watkins and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Gunners striker insisted the 20-year-old will not be given time on the pitch by Mikel Arteta to get up to speed.
According to The Sun (October 6th), Arsenal have shortlisted Everton’s Calvert-Lewin and Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins as transfer targets.
It is said that Calvert-Lewin is valued upwards of £50million.
It comes ahead of the prospective departure of Alexandre Lacazette from the Emirates.
The striker’s current contract expires at the end of June next year.
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When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs if another striker’s arrival would be worrying for Martinelli, Campnbell said: “Martinelli is only 20.
“He is still learning his trade. Arsenal cannot do wrong by signing a top, young international striker like Watkins or Calvert-Lewin.
“Lacazette will not be there next season. Martinelli will get his opportunities. The key is taking them.
“Nobody has time anymore. You will not get picked just because you are a young player who needs experience. You need to be doing the business to get on. Martinelli has to take his chance when it comes. That has been the case in football ever since I was a kid.
“There isn’t as many games this season with no European football so when the chance comes it is massively important that you make the most of it.”