William Gallas suggests Arsenal star Gabriel Martinelli is overrated and ‘not good enough for Real Madrid yet’
Posted by  badge Boss on Oct 18
The Brazilian has enjoyed an excellent start to the season (Pictures: Getty Images)

William Gallas says Arsenal starlet Gabriel Martinelli still has a long way to go to become the finished article and is not convinced he is good enough to be attracting interest from yet.

The Brazilian has started the season in excellent form, terrorising opposition defences and scoring four times – as well as laying on two assists – in his 10 Premier League appearances.

His performances have seen him linked with a number of clubs including rival members of the Premier League’s big six and even holders Real Madrid, with Arsenal reportedly keen to offer him a new contract to ward off suitors.

But Gallas does not feel Martinelli is ready to make the step up to a club of Real Madrid’s size just yet and suggested fans might be overhyping the 21-year-old, urging him to knuckle down for the rest of the season.

‘I think Arsenal have to get that deal with Martinelli signed as quickly as possible,’ Gallas told .

‘I’m sure he’s hearing so many things about him, like Real Madrid being interested. Sometimes the player can be confused.

‘At the moment I think he’s playing well and Arsenal have to close that deal as soon as possible so he feels better in his mind.

Martinelli has been in excellent form this season (Picture: Getty)

‘I don’t think he’s good enough for Real Madrid yet.

‘In football after two or three games, everyone is raving about that player, “he’s magnificent” or “he’s a top-class player” but no, calm down, let him have a great season to get to another level. He’s still young, he’s only 21.

‘But if he goes step-by-step, he can go to a club like Real Madrid but right now he’s not ready.’

Throwing Bukayo Saka into the mix too, Gallas continued: ‘I think Martinelli and Saka are still behind De Bruyne, for example. To be among the best, it’s not because you played a few good games and then suddenly you belong there.

‘You need to be consistent and prove throughout the season that you’re at that level, which is not easy because the Premier League is so competitive. You play almost every three days and top teams play in Europe.

‘At the end of the season we will know how good they are, and even then we may need another season.

‘Sometimes players can have one great season and everyone is talking about them, and then they can’t do it for the next season. So top class players are those who can do it almost every season.’

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