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Mikel Arteta names two Arsenal stars who deserved more game time this season

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has revealed that two of his star players are happy at the club but need more game time

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has revealed that Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Jesus are content at the club but are keen for more playing time as the Gunners push for their first Premier League title in two decades.

Despite being pivotal figures earlier in the season, both Brazilian stars have found themselves out of the starting XI during the crucial stages of Arsenal’s title challenge. Arteta has opted for other options such as Leandro Trossard and Kai Havertz in recent matches as Arsenal aim to dethrone Manchester City.

While Arteta acknowledges the desire of every player to feature regularly, he believes Martinelli and Jesus are satisfied with Arsenal’s current trajectory and their involvement in the team’s aspirations. 

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Speaking to ESPN Brasil, Arteta stated, “Everyone who doesn’t play everything wants to play more. But that’s my decision and what I feel at each time.”

Arsenal stars Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli

Arsenal stars Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli (Image credit: Getty Images)

Despite the competition for places, Arteta emphasised the importance of Martinelli and Jesus to Arsenal’s campaign, highlighting their significant contributions throughout the season and their anticipated roles in the remaining fixtures.


Regarding Jesus’ future at the club amid reports of a potential summer departure, Arteta dismissed such speculation, attributing the striker’s reduced playing time to injuries and loss of momentum. Arteta stressed the importance of Jesus regaining his form and fighting for his place in the team.

“The thing is that he has played a lot here. With me, he played a lot,” Arteta said. “And with me he has been very, very important. 

“It’s true that when he hasn’t played it was first because something has happened before and almost always that thing that has happened before has been an injury that has lost his momentum, and then the team has jumped and that must also be respected.

“But this is about showing out again and regaining his place, and that’s what’s important.”

Arteta’s comments come ahead of Arsenal’s crucial clash against Manchester United on Sunday, where the Gunners will look to maintain their title charge with a positive result at Old Trafford.

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