Jack Wilshere told the Highbury Squad that he is ‘surprised’ at the lack of game time Gabriel Martinelli has been receiving at Arsenal.
The 20-year-old was an under-used figure by Mikel Arteta last season and Wilshere thinks the Arsenal youngster has qualities ‘you can’t teach’.
Martinelli did start last season having returned from a long-term injury, so it was understandable that things were going to start off in a slow fashion for him.
But as the games wore on, and Arsenal continued to struggle, Martinelli still found himself on the bench, as Wilshere shared what he thinks of him.
“I was surprised at times when Arsenal needed a goal, they needed something and he wasn’t thrown on,” said Wilshere.
“He is that type of player who can do that. He arrives in the box. He always seems to be in the right place, at the right time. You cannot teach them things.
“I feel he will only get better with experience of playing in the big games. I do think he is a player who will thrive off having the fans back.
“I remember the game at Chelsea when he scored that goal. He just got better and better as the game went on and the fans got behind him. I am excited to see more of him.”
Whilst Arsenal are in a situation they haven’t been in 25 years – no European football – those that are bringing light to the dark clouds over the Emirates are the youngsters.
From Emile Smith Rowe’s ball-carrying talents, Bukaya Saka’s fearless nature, Martinelli’s speed with the ball and Joe Willock’s goalscoring talents from midfield.
They are a crop of players Arsenal need to build their team around because they have some serious, serious quality at their feet.