July 4, 2020 / 5:13 AM / a month ago

Arsenal forward Martinelli signs new long-term deal

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Europa League - Group F - Arsenal v Standard Liege - Emirates Stadium, London, Britain - October 3, 2019 Arsenal's Gabriel Martinelli gestures REUTERS/David Klein

LONDON (Reuters) - Arsenal’s Brazil Under-23 striker Gabriel Martinelli has signed a new long-term contract at the Premier League club.

The news comes 48 hours after fellow teenager Bukayo Saka, 18, also agreed a new long-term deal with the Gunners.

The 19-year-old Martinelli - who penned his new contract exactly a year after joining Arsenal - has scored 10 goals in 26 games for the club since moving from Brazilian side Ituano last year.

He has been sidelined for the rest of the season after suffering a knee injury in training which required surgery.

“I am very happy that Gabi has signed a new contract with us,” manager Mikel Arteta told the club website. “He is a very talented young player and he has impressed us with his performances, attitude and work-rate.

“We are looking forward to getting him back to full fitness and to watching his development at our club.”

Martinelli is the first teenager to score 10 goals in a season for Arsenal since Nicolas Anelka over 20 years ago.

Writing by Ken Ferris; Editing by Pritha Sarkar

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