Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta says he has no plans to let forward Gabriel Martinelli leave the club on loan in January.

The young Brazilian has struggled for game time this season as the Gunners have fewer matches to contend with in the absence of European football, which has led to less rotation from Arteta.

Having started the opening two games of the season, the 20-year-old has not made a Premier League appearance since being substituted in the second of those against Chelsea way back on 22 August, leading to suggestions he may not be part of his manager’s plans for the remainder of the current campaign.

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However, when asked about Martinelli’s future in his pre-match press conference ahead of facing Crystal Palace on Monday, Arteta said Arsenal had no plans to let him leave.

“No, I’m very happy with him and we aren’t thinking about anything like that,” he said. “He had some games that he played, he started against Brentford and he started against Chelsea as well.”

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