Rivaldo sends Arsenal message aboyt new signing Mari, Martinelli responds to Madrid links, Arsenal to make stunning Liverpool move?
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Arsenal star Gabriel Martinelli has responded to rumours linking him with a move to Real Madrid in the summer.
The Gunners were watching the young man for months before Unai Emery made the smart decision to hand the Brazilian starlet a big move to the Emirates, where he has been mightily impressive during his first season at the Emirates.
Despite the ARSENAL troubles all over the pitch, Martinelli has managed an impressive 10-goals in just 23 appearances for the Arsenal this season, and earned massive praised after he led the line against Chelsea during the midweek fixture in the absence of Pierrre-Emerick Aubameyang
Martinelli became the first teenager to reach double figures in a season for Arsenal since Nicolas Anelka and the feat is even more remarkable given the summer signing from the lower leagues of Brazilian football has started only 11 games since his arrival.
Arsenal are hurriedly trying to tie the teenager to an improved contract and that might be wise with Spanish website Eldesmarque claiming Real Madrid president Florentino Perez wants him at the Bernabeu.
The Madrid President is eyeing up a number of possible summer deals to help improve this aging Madrid side, and is reportedly keen to nail down some of the best youngsters in the game.
But in an extended interview with MARCA, he also stated that he had yet to receive any contact from the Bernabeu regarding a possible move.
“No, nothing has come to me. I am focused here doing my job at Arsenal and my head is here,” he said.
Brazilian legend Rivaldo has told the Arsenal fans that new signing Pablo Mari will thrive after his move to the Emirates.
Arsenal once again dominated the January transfer window about possible transfers, as there was a number of high-profile players linked with a mega money move to the Emirates by the 31st.
However, despite all the speculation and despite all the rumours, there were only two signings made by Mikel Arteta and one of them was Mari, who has been playing over in the Brazilian Leagues with Flamengo for the last few seasons.
Many have doubted whether or not he will be able to thrive in the Premier League with Arsenal, but Brazilian Legend Rivaldo has come out and stated that he firmly believes that Mari suits the Arsenal perfectly.
In an interview with STANDARD SPORT, Rivaldo said: “I think Pablo Mari will fit in very well at Arsenal and in the Premier League.
“He is a good player that struggled to impose himself in Europe as a loaned player of Man City for a while, but he really convinced people being part of a great Flamengo team last season.”
Rivaldo continued: “He is very complete as a defender – capable of bringing the ball forward when necessary and a threat on set pieces. He has good passing skills as well and I liked what I saw from him.
“In Brazil, everyone has good opinion about him, and he could be a very successful option for Arsenal and Mikel Arteta.”
Reports have claimed Arsenal are amongst several Premier League sides that are eyeing a summer move for Liverpool ace Adam Lallana.
Despite all the speculation and despite all the rumours, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta only managed to secure deals for defenders Pablo Mari and Cedrik Soares, who have been brought in on short-term deals to help cover the injuries that the Arsenal have currently picked up.
However, that will all change in the summer, apparently, as there is a lot of speculation in the media that has suggested that the Arsenal hierarchy will indeed hand Arteta the money he needs to turn this Arsenal side into a squad that is capable of winning titles, and not just challenging, with Lallana on the shopping list.
THE TELEGRAPH claim that Arsenal have joined the likes of Leicester, Tottenham and West Ham in keeping a close eye on England international, who looks set to be available on a free this summer.
The report adds that Lallana is yet to hold talks with Liverpool over his future as the versatile midfielder is fully focused on helping the Reds end their almost 30-year wait for a league title, but is open to the idea of leaving the club when the summer transfer window opens up.
With competition for places in Jurgen Klopp’s side fierce, Lallana has struggled to make any sort of impact on the side this season and he knows that Klopp will be seeking to add to his squad at the end of the season, meaning that he would fall even further down the pecking order.
However, despite the fact he has Premier League experience, his age means that he is not the same player that shone just a few seasons ago and making a move by the Arsenal would be a massive shock to the system.
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