Premier League • England

Martinelli reveals exciting vision for Arteta, with Arsenal job just the start of glittering career

Mikel Arteta, Aston Villa v Arsenal March 2022

Gabriel Martinelli has said that he believes Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta will finish his coaching career with his name up in lights.

Arteta made his name as a player in the Premier League for Arsenal and Everton but soon stepped into management. And he got an instant taste for life in the dugout while working with Pep Guardiola.

Arteta spent over three years as the Manchester City manager’s assistant. As such, his coaching career started brightly as he learned from one of Europe’s most esteemed managers.

Still, Arsenal came calling in December 2019 after they sacked Unai Emery. Arteta stepped in and has overcome adversity to build solid foundations for the future at the Emirates Stadium.

Indeed, he looked one of the favourites for the sack at the start of the season. However, the Gunners are now in the driving seat for a Premier League top-four finish and Champions League football again.

Brazilian star Martinelli has been with Arteta since he joined and has expressed his admiration for the Spaniard.

“He was there to support me when I got hurt, he is already a great coach, who works thinking of what modern football is like, giving us great advice,” the 20-year-old told Globo.

“He is also a nice person, always treating people well.

Arteta to be rewarded with new Arsenal contract

Arteta to be rewarded with new Arsenal contract

Arsenal are set to give Arteta a new contract this summer as rebuild continues

“I feel Arteta will be one of those lifelong coaches with lots of titles to their name and their place in football history.”

Arteta already has an FA Cup to his name, which he led the Gunners to in his debut season.

However, he is targeting a top-four finish this season which he hopes will lead to his team taking the next step.

And Martinelli features among the young contingent at Arsenal that have driven the turnaround in fortunes. Indeed, Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard and Emile Smith Rowe are also starring.

Arteta has performed Arsenal revival

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta

Arsenal faced calls to sack Arteta after the Gunners lost all three of their opening Premier League games this season.

Furthermore, they failed to score in those matches and therefore sat bottom. The pressure was even greater on Arteta given his summer splurge in rebuilding his team.

Odegaard signed permanently from Real Madrid after last season’s loan. Aaron Ramsdale, Ben White, Nuno Tavares and Albert Sambi Lokonga also joined ahead of the campaign.

But while those players took time to settle, they have now forged a strong bond which is driving Arsenal on.

The defence has been a particular highlight, with goalkeeper Ramsdale and centre-back White starring.

Up front, meanwhile, Odegaard, Saka, Martinelli and Smith Rowe have formed a strong understanding.