By Sean Fisher

4th Oct, 2022 | 2:47pm

Chelsea among clubs 'monitoring' Arsenal ace Gabriel Martinelli - report

Gabriel Martinelli’s dazzling performances for Arsenal are beginning to draw attention and London rivals Chelsea are among the clubs interested, according to the Daily Mail.

Martinelli has impressed under Mikel Arteta this season, with Arsenal climbing to the top of the Premier League table under the Spaniard.

The 21-year-old Brazilian has been a pivotal part of Arsenal’s strike force, but his talent has also attracted the eyes of London rivals Chelsea.

The Daily Mail report that the Blues are “monitoring” Martinelli this season, with new owner Todd Boehly looking to add young talent to Graham Potter’s squad.

The report adds that “there have been admiring glances at Martinelli from Arsenal’s top-four rivals in recent months”, suggesting that Chelsea are not the only Premier League side interested in his signature.

Top priority

If Arsenal weren’t already prioritising a new contract for Martinelli, then Chelsea’s interest will certainly hurry them.

The young Brazilian was a breakthrough star at the Emirates Stadium in 2019 following a £6million move from Ituano, and he’s only improved as time has passed

He’s been a mainstay for Arteta on the left flank this season, as part of an extremely young strike force including Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard and Gabriel Jesus.

After scoring six and assisting six last season, Martinelli has already scored three league goals and assisted once in 2022/23. He’s on track for his best ever Premier League campaign.

Arsenal is already aware of this, and will likely be prepping a deal for him as we speak. But with the financial muscle Chelsea have flexed under Boehly, it better be good enough to convince him to stay in north London.

As the Gunners look to establish themselves as title challengers under Arteta, extending Martinelli’s deal would be a good statement of their intentions.

In other Arsenal news, William Saliba suggests that talks have begun over a new and improved Arsenal contract