Arsenal are reportedly set to confirm a deal to sign Brazilian youngster Gabriel Martinelli in the coming days, but what role will he play at the club next season, if at all?
Reports from Globo Esporte claim that the player is due to complete a £6 million move from Ituano and sign a five-year contract with the Gunners.
It remains unclear about what exactly Arsenal’s plans are for the striker and whether or not he is in their first-team picture next season.
Arsenal will need to manage the striker carefully following his arrival. Moving from Brazil at such a young age will no doubt be a huge step up for the player.
You wouldn’t be surprised to see him stay in the acedemy set-up for most of his first season at the club, with a view to bringing him into the first-team squad much later down the line.
Unai Emery has never shied away from developing young players, so Arsenal supporters may get a glimpse of him during the early rounds of the FA Cup and Carabao Cup next season.
With Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang still playing such key roles in the starting XI, Martinelli certainly won’t be under any pressure to play a huge part in the first-team squad for some time.
In the aforementioned duo, he has two great mentors ahead of him and if Arsenal can nurture his talents correctly, they could have a future star on their hands.