Arsenal legend has hailed youngster Gabriel Martinelli likening the Brazilian’s return to fitness to the club making a £50million signing.

Martinelli has been in fine form for the Gunners scoring in each of Arsenal last two matches in the Premier League. The Brazilian scored his first-ever brace against Leeds United as the north London side picked up a 4-1 victory.

Merson believes a fit Martinelli could help his former club find the consistency to mount a top-four challenge.

“Martinelli is a very special talent,” he told Sky Sports.

“I like him, but the question is: how long is he going to be fit for? If he can maintain his fitness, Arsenal has got a new signing – a £50m player.”

The 21-year-old is expected to lead Arsenal’s attack alongside Alexander Lacazette on Sunday against Norwich City.


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