Tim Sherwood tips Gabriel Martinelli to replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at Arsenal

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Gabriel Martinelli (Picture: Getty)

Former Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood believes Gabriel Martinelli will be ready to step into Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s shoes if the Arsenal captain leaves the club this summer.

Despite an upbeat update from Mikel Arteta this afternoon, Aubameyang is yet to agree to a new deal at Arsenal and his future at the club hangs in the balance.

The former Dortmund ace has 12 months to run on his existing deal at the Emirates and he challenged the club to show their ambition in a wide-ranging interview earlier this week.

Despite Arsenal’s over-reliance on Aubameyang in attack this season, the form of Martinelli has given supporters hope that there’s a new generation coming through at the club.

And Sherwood believes that Arteta is making the right decision in investing in youth, as he believes Martinelli can replace Aubameyang if he leaves at the end of the campaign.

‘I’ve been fortunate enough to be invited to the training ground at Arsenal and what’s big on his [Arteta’s] priority list is to improve the players,’ Sherwood told Premier League Productions.

‘No matter who they are even if they’re ready-made international footballers it’s to make them better and what he’s not afraid to do is look into their academy.

‘They’ve got a lot of good young players there. Bukayo Saka is the one that’s come to the front and Gabriel Martinelli will eventually take over from Aubameyang [particularly] if they can’t keep hold of him.

‘Ainsley Maintland-Niles [too]. There’s no end of good young players. They’re very versatile in their positions and Mikel wants to work on a system that everyone is happy with. He’s not going in there and saying: “This is how I play. He’s saying: ‘What do I have at my disposal?”

‘He wants to try and get the best out of the squad he has. I like what he’s doing there. I think they’ve got a clear plan. They haven’t got the money. Nicolas Pepe was big money and he’s the last of the big signings you’ll see at Arsenal. They’ll have to cut their cloth differently now and I think they’ll dip into their academy [more]. I think it’ll take time but I think they’ll get what they want to achieve under Mikel Arteta.’

The Gunners get their season back on track on Wednesday with a trip to champions Manchester City.

The game was called off back in March after Arteta tested positive for Covid-19 following his side’s game against Olympiacos in the Europa League.

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