Jack Wilshere questions Arsenal boss Arteta over Martinelli playing time

Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has questioned his former teammate Mikel Arteta's use of Gabriel Martinelli last season, as the Gunners prepare for the new season.

Martinelli started just eight matches last season, but was side-lined with a knee injury until December before going on to make 22 appearances in all competitions.

Wilshere has explained his shock at not seeing more of the Brazil youth international in an Arsenal shirt and feels he is a player that his former captain can make better use of in the future.

Speaking to Highbury Squad he said "I was surprised at times when Arsenal needed a goal, they needed something and he wasn't thrown on.

"He [Martinelli] is that type of player who can do that. He arrives in the box." explained the Arsenal academy graduate, who has been without a club since leaving Bournemouth in June.

"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."

Recalling Arsenal's away trip to Stamford Bridge in January 2020 when Martinelli scored a stunning solo goal, Wilshere stated: "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."

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Martinelli had his 2020/21 season disrupted by a knee injury that kept him out until December, but has scored 12 goals and has six assists for the club since joining from Ituano for £6million in 2019 aged just 18.

As for free agent Wilshere, he spent 17 years with the Gunners after joining the club as a nine-year-old, making 198 appearances, scoring 14 times and winning the FA Cup on two occasions.

During his time with the club he lined up alongside current Arsenal manager Arteta on 52 occasions, but Wilshere left the Emirates Stadium on a free transfer to West Ham United in the summer of 2018.

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