Mikel Arteta admits it’s ‘not ideal’ for Arsenal to lose Gabriel Martinelli after the striker was initially referred to as up by Brazil for his or her upcoming Olympic qualifying tournament.
The 18-year-old has made a formidable begin at Arsenal with eight targets in all competitions this season, however underneath Arteta he has performed simply 23 minutes up to now after he got here on as a late substitute within the 1-Zero win over Leeds United within the FA Cup on Monday night.
Brazil’s Olympic qualifying marketing campaign runs from January 18 to February 9 in Colombia, which means Martinelli might have missed 4 video games for the Gunners.
But the 18-year-old has not been named in Brazil Under-23s’ closing squad, which suggests he is ready to stay with Arsenal for the rest of the marketing campaign.
Arteta admits it could have been a blow to lose Martinelli and suggests the striker would wish to insist on accepting the call-up halfway by the season for Arsenal to permit him to go away.
‘Well, in the middle of the season it’s by no means very best for gamers to go to that kind of tournament,’ stated Arteta.
‘We’ll focus on with the membership if there’s an obligation, if that’s one thing that the participant actually needs to go [to] and we’ll decide on that.’
Martinelli, who can also be eligible to characterize Italy, has made two appearances for Brazil’s Under-23s however is but to obtain a senior cap.
‘I’m Brazilian, after all everybody needs to play with that yellow shirt, hear to their folks singing. But I can play for Italy too,’ he stated final month.
‘I’ve nothing determined.
‘Of course I want to play for Brazil, but I haven’t outlined it but. It could be one or the opposite.’