Arsenal forward Gabriel Martinelli has claimed that they have “one of the best” teams in the world ahead of the new Premier League season.
The 2020/21 campaign was a tough one for the Gunners. They missed out on a place in Europe as they finished eighth in the Premier League.
Unless you count the Community Shield, Arsenal were also unable to pick up any silverware. They reached the Europa League semi-finals but they were knocked out by Unai Emery‘s Villarreal.
Mikel Arteta’s side have been busy in the transfer market this summer. Albert Sambi Lokonga and Nuno Tavares both joined earlier in the window from Anderlecht and Benfica respectively for a combined fee of around £23m.
Ben White is their third signing of the window as he joins them for £50m from Brighton. Martinelli has told Brazillian outlet UOL that this Arsenal team is already “one of the best in the world”:
“It’s a new team, with a new coach too, but already with experience and that, I consider it one of the best in the world already.
“We had good games at the end of the season, the players are confident, so we have to try to go down this same path, so we need to start the season well.”
“The problem is the price tag. Leicester would want top money for him and would he want to leave Leicester?
“I think they will be backed and I think Brendan Rodgers will be backed. If he needs money to strengthen and bolster the squad I think the owner will say no problem there you go you just won us the FA Cup.
“Whether Arsenal have got the money to say he’s got to be worth £60-plus million maybe more. He’s a great, great player Maddison. He’s really really improved Leicester.
“I know for a fact Arsenal are looking for a No.10 and a striker at the moment and it’s about getting value for money.
“Certainly Leicester might price him out of the market from Arsenal’s point of view and they might have to look elsewhere.”