EMIRATES: Rio Ferdinand on Martinelli: “To be 18-years-old, doing what he’s doing. The goal against Chelsea alone, he runs from the edge of his box – a set-piece against his team – he takes it to the other end,
“Normally, your legs are gone by then, you’ve got no energy and no juice in your legs, but he has the composure to slot it.
He is a great player, but the awareness of the way he plays, the way he moves on the pitch, the intelligence to receive the ball, the positions he takes up.
“He comes inside at the right time to allow Saka to have space on the outside and ask the opposing full-backs the questions; ‘Are you gonna come inside with me, or are you gonna stay with Saka?’.
“It’s mad. He’s a mature player for such a young kid.”
Kevin Campbell on Matteo Guendouzi: “I do not think he will play for Arsenal again,”
“A manager like Arteta wants to see that you can toe the line, take your punishment, keep your trap shut and get working. Guendouzi could not do it.
“He was given a clean slate at the start of the season, like Mezut Ozil, but they did not toe the line.
“Arteta is strong enough to exclude players he cannot trust. When a manager cannot trust you he is not going to back you.
“The good thing is they got him out on loan because you cannot afford to havie ill-disciplined players like that in and around the club. The right thing was to get him out on loan.” Guendozi may leave according to reports as his number is already occupied.
Reiss Nelson’s is BACK and training after a short injury… he HAS to be given chances in the coming months and weeks. Here’s why:
Statistically our best dribbler, offers a dynamic threat than no one else in the squad has.
Statistically in the top 3 for chances created per game at Arsenal since the start of last season- we NEED creativity.
Has been excellent when given a start this season and since the restart last season
Needs to be given a chance. Can’t be any worse than Willian. I genuinely think Nelson will be able to add another depth to our squad