Andrey Arshavin makes bold prediction over futures of two Arsenal stars

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Andrey Arshavin makes bold prediction over futures of two Arsenal stars Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 31 Mar 2020 2:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.1kShares Pepe has blown hot and cold for Arsenal in his debut season (Picture: Getty Images)In stark contrast, Martinelli set the Gunners back just £6m, but has been a revelation since his move from Brazilian side FC Ituano at the start of this campaign.The 18-year-old has already been described by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp as a ‘generational talent,’ scoring 10 goals in just 26 appearances across all competitions.Ex-Russia international Arshavin added: ‘He has done well so far, scoring some good goals. He is very technically gifted and I see a big future for him at Arsenal. ‘But can he reach the level of Thierry [Henry] or Robin [van Persie]? That is difficult to say.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArshavin admitted the main factor holding his old side back is a lack of balance, but backed boss Mikel Arteta to succeed in the long term.He said: ‘For me Arsenal’s squad is not balanced. Offensively-wise they are very good and in attack they play very pretty football. It’s good to watch. But defensively – even in my period – Arsenal is weak.‘Regarding Arteta, it was a good choice because he has spent time at Arsenal and knows the club well. He worked next to Arsene and can take good experience from him. ‘He also has the respect of the club and players. And since he has taken over at Arsenal they have changed: not too much but in a good way.’Read the full 888Sport interview with Andrey Arshavin here.MORE: Rio Ferdinand urges Arsenal to avoid signing Luka JovicMORE: Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta identifies defensive midfielder transfer as priority in summer windowFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Pepe and Martinelli have had promising starts to their Arsenal careers (Picture: Getty Images)Former Arsenal winger Andrey Arshavin has predicted Nicolas Pepe and Gabriel Martinelli will become important players for the Gunners.Club record-signing Pepe joined from Lille in a £72million deal last summer, and has shown flashes of brilliance in his debut season.The Ivory Coast international has chipped in with six goals and eight assists in all competitions, proving to be a menace down the right wing.Speaking exclusively to 888Sport, Arshavin said: ‘Pepe is a very talented player. He is very quick and a good finisher. ADVERTISEMENT‘Already he has done well in part: maybe not as much as he could but I see the potential and he will become one of the biggest stars in the Premier League. He will be huge.’AdvertisementAdvertisementRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news livelast_img read more