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Brazilian “wonderkid” signing sends negative message to Arsenal Academy

Arsenal ‘launch £5m offer’ for wonderkid Gabriel Martinelli after Man Utd trial is the headline news this morning in many of the click bait media outlets.

I for one do not agree with us targeting the Brazilian teenager.

Gabriel Martinelli is a 17-year-old Brazilian forward who reportedly had a trial with Manchester United 2 years ago. In June he will gain his Italian citizenship meaning that a work permit will not be a problem.

He has reportedly been courted by a whole host of clubs in South America and Europe. The likes of Barcelona, Manchester United and Crystal Palace have been monitoring him, with Arsenal leading the pack.

I do not want to see Arsenal sign the Brazilian teenager.

At the moment we have a lot of exciting young talent in the academy. It is in good health.

Eddie Nketiah deserves his chance next season to replace Danny Welbeck, backing up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.

Another who also deserves his chance next season is Reiss Nelson who has developed well in Germany. I expect both Nketiah and Nelson to be part of Arsenal’s first team squad next season, and regularly take a place on the bench.

Xavier Amaechi is barely 18-years-old. Some have claimed that he is the quickest player at the club and he potentially has a big future. A year younger is Bukayo Saka.

Would it be right to sign Martinelli instead of continuing these two’s development?

Martinelli can also play up top.

In Dubai, Tyreece John-Jules announced himself. Another 18-year-old, it seems a poitnless task to sign someone ahead of him before he has even had his chance.

Finally we have Folarin Balogun, who recently signed his first professional contract with he club.

Another who is just 17-years-old, there is a lot of excitement surrounding him.

With Amaechi, Saka, John-Jules & Balogun all at the club, all 18-years-old or younger, all local lads who have been at the club since children, it is illogical to sign a Brazilian who will then come in and compete with them.

And i have not even mentioned Joe Willock or Emile Smith Rowe yet…

I would rather give the young, local lads a chance.

If the club considered Martinelli as already better than Nketiah and Nelson, I would understand it more. He would be coming in to the 1st squad, able to contribute straight away.

A bit like Matteo Guendouzi last season, it did not matter that he came in ahead of Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Ben Sheaf or Joe Willock, he was ready for first team action and they were not.

I very much doubt that Martinelli is ready for the 1st team. As it stands, he is a YouTube player – with most fans having never seen him play and just getting excited by the “Welcome to Arsenal” videos of him doing a few step overs.

If the local lads were not good enough, I would understand us buying someone ahead of him – like what happened a lot during the 00s. Likewise if he was a special talent – like Cesc Fabregas or Guendouzi – he would be joining up with the first team squad rather than the academy.

If Arsenal do sign him and he joins the academy, it will send out a poor message to youngsters and their families. “Do not join Arsenal as when you reach 17 they will sign someone from abroad to replace you.”

Let’s give the local lads a chance. Give Saka, Amaechi, John-Jules, Balogun tne opportunity to continue getting time in the U23’s and League Cup games next signing.

Signing Martinelli is a poor move.


Reiss Nelson reminds Arsenal fans of raw talent in England U21 cameo

Last night Reiss Nelson did this:

A fabulous piece of skill to set up an England goal. A reminder to all of just what a talented kid he is.

But that is what we all need to remember, that he is still a kid, still just 19, that England U21s is his level right now.

Over in Germany, on loan at Hoffenheim, he had a sparkling start that saw him pick up the German equivalent of young player of the month. This got a lot of Arsenal fans calling for his immediate recall.

In recent months, he has found himself out of the team.

Without a start since December, disciplinary issues caused Nelson to be dropped from the match day squad completely. It was a stark reminder to both the player and fans of how hard it is to go from talented youth player to regular senior player. It is not just about natural ability, but also how a player applies him, how he trains on, his attitude.

After the assist yesterday, some fans have returned to their over excited state. Calling for Nelson to start regularly next season. Saying he will be a superstar. Let’s take a step back for a second.

He has struggled at senior level in the second half of the season and his sparkling performance yesterday was at U21 level.

Anyone expecting him to return to Arsenal in the summer and walk straight into the first team needs a dose of realisation.

Nelson could become a superstar, he could become a regular starter for The Arsenal, but it will not be from the beginning of next season.

With where he is at the moment, he will be off the bench, just like he is at Hoffenheim.

He will be a good attacking option, one of the first changes when chasing the game. Alex Iwobi will start ahead of him, but expect Nelson coming on for his older team mate on around the 60th minute to be a regular occurrence when chasing the game.

Nelson will get starts in the cup, and as the season go’s on with injuries, rotation and form, will get starts in the league. It is at that point he will have the opportunity to prove himself as a future superstar of Arsenal.

Yesterday was a reminder of his raw talent; but as it stands that talent is very raw.



We as fans need to take a step back, allow him to develop and not burden him with too high an expectation.


Reiss Nelson ‘discipline’ issues an ‘educational’ lesson for player and fans

It was easy to get caught away with Reiss Nelson start over in Germany.

4 goals in his first 5 games for Hoffenheim saw him named Bundesliga Rookie of the Month: for October.

Some Arsenal fans were demanding the club recall him in January. Others putting him in their start XI for 2019/20.

Many ignored the fact that, despite his good form, he was not a regular starter for Hoffenheim.

In that run of 5 games, he had only started twice, and was pulled off at half time in one of those.

People had unfairly raised their expectations of a then 18-year-old who was having his first season of top flight football. They had forgotten that he was an 18-year-old in his first season of top flight football.

Since that blistering start, he has scored just twice in the next 18 games – and has not scored in his last 12. He has also failed to provide an assist this season.

Since the turn of the year he has failed to make a single start, playing just four times.

It then breaks that manager Julian Nagelsmann omitted the youngster from his squad against Nuremburg for disciplinary reasons’.

Nagelsmann also adds that his decision was an ‘educational measure’.

This makes me feel it was just a minor infringement, probably turning up late too often for training.

Nagelsmann realises Nelson is with him to develop to learn. So omitting him to teach him a lesson is part of that learning. Something Arsenal would not have a problem with.

Nelson is in a new country, alone.

How he behaves when living on his own, with money to burn, will be an insight into the type of player he will become in the future.

We have seen a lot of young players with a lot of talent not make it to the top level, not fulfil their potential, due to a poor attitude.

Think Jermaine Pennant.

Recently Emmanuel Frimpong announced his retirement from football at the age of 27-years-old.

Frimpong was starring for Arsenal’s under-18s at 14-years-old. He should have made it, but became more interested in his social media profile then his football.

Hopefully Nelson learns his lesson from being dropped, moves forward, and becomes the player he has the ability to become.

Next season will be too early for the 19-year-old to be playing week in week out.

Once we sign a top class winger, he will then be competing with Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to start.

It will not be easy for him – and he will probably start the season as 4th choice, but with the right attitude and progression he will should be pushing for a starting spot.

An exciting talent, he just needs to fulfil it.