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Arsenal handed Gabriel Martinelli contract blow as star issues shocking wage demand

Arsenal handed Gabriel Martinelli contract blow as star issues shocking wage demand

Gabriel Martinelli has had a fantastic start to the season with Arsenal, so much so that he may have set the wheels in motion for a lucrative new contract.

The 21-year-old forward is the talk of the town in north London’s red half after starring in Arsenal’s 3-2 win over Liverpool on Sunday, which returned them to the top of the Premier League and helped cement their status as genuine title contenders.

Martinelli was at the center of everything positive Mikel Arteta’s team did against Liverpool.

He scored within a minute, set up Bukayo Saka for their second goal, and tormented the visitors’ defense the entire game. In nine Premier League appearances this season, he has four goals and two assists.

That kind of impact is not unnoticed. Neither his own team nor his opponents.

Arsenal is riding the crest of a wave created by talented young players like Martinelli, and they are well aware that they must act quickly to maintain the momentum.

Martinelli, Saka, and William Saliba have all played important roles in the early stages of the season. They are all under the age of 21. 

Arsenal wants to sign each of them to new contracts so that they can be built around for years to come.

That is a wise strategy, but it will come at a cost.

Negotiations with the representatives of all three players are underway, but Martinelli’s outstanding performance against Liverpool has put his future in the spotlight for the time being.

According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal will need to increase his wages from around £70,000 per week to over £200,000 if they want to keep the Brazilian.

That figure would put him on par with the club’s top earners, Gabriel Jesus and Thomas Partey, and would deter rival clubs’ interest.

Chelsea have been keeping an eye on him, while Liverpool, particularly their manager Jurgen Klopp, are known admirers.

Martinelli has previously been referred to as the “talent of the century,” a “incredible striker,” and “such a talented boy” by Klopp.

Martinelli is currently under contract with Arsenal until June 2024, with the option to extend that contract for another year.

As a result, the need is not dire, and the Gunners are said to be at ease with the situation.

Martinelli was signed by Arsenal for £6 million from Brazilian club Ituano in 2019, but he is now worth much more than that.

His speed, dribbling ability, poise, and maturity make him the ideal modern player, and he could easily fit into the front lines of Chelsea or Liverpool. Fortunately for Arsenal fans, the man himself does not intend to leave the club anytime soon.

“I think it’s my best season here at Arsenal,” Martinelli said after the Liverpool win.

“I’m so happy for this moment. Of course, I want to stay. We are talking. Let’s see what is going to happen. But I want to stay, of course.”

He added: “Everyone can see our hunger and our mentality. We want to win every single game. I am so happy to be playing alongside players like Gabriel Jesus and Bukayo Saka.

“You can see the understanding we have together but we have a lot of time to improve. We have great quality and I think we can do more. Gabby is a great guy, not just on the pitch but off it as well. He is always trying to help me. He is only 25 but he has a lot of experience and everyone loves him.”

The feeling is certainly mutual. Speaking to Sky Sports after the clash with Liverpool, Arteta said: “Obviously, when you see what he was when he started a year ago against Brentford, to what he is today.

“The development is just phenomenal. But it’s his hunger, his desire, how much he loves to play, to train, to get better every single day. It’s a nightmare to play against him. The same with Bukayo and Gabi [Jesus] up front, we have a real threat up front, we know that, teams and players are respecting us on that.”

Of course, Arsenal’s success is beneficial. Martinelli is unlikely to turn his head while his team is top of the league and playing brilliant football.

Arsenal is currently radiating positivity, and Martinelli appears to be delighted to be a part of it.

“We have a young group, we have a lot of time ahead of us, players with a lot of quality, I think we will achieve great things,” he told ESPN Brazil earlier this year. “Our focus is the Champions League. Fighting for that top four. A club like Arsenal has to be in the Champions League. It’s our total focus.

“We always want more. Of course, Arsenal are a giant team. If I can, I’ll stay here my whole life. I want to conquer things, as I said, I want to stay here and win titles, with these wonderful fans, my teammates.”

Instead of losing Martinelli to a direct rival, Arsenal hopes he can be a key part of their successful attempts to win those titles in the coming years.

Arsenal handed Gabriel Martinelli contract blow as star issues shocking wage demand

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