Journalist Charles Watts has revealed that Arsenal winger Gabriel Martinelli has agreed "in principle" to sign a new contract and it will official be announced "imminently".

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It's been a great season for the Gunners so far on the pitch as they've shocked fans and pundits alike with their impressive push for a
Premier League title.Behind the scenes, however, there's been plenty of work to do for Edu and Mikel Arteta as they try to convince some of their biggest talents to commit their futures to the club.Indeed, negotiations have been ongoing with the likes of Martinelli, Bukayo Saka, and William Saliba. In positive news, however, it seems as though the Brazilian will be the first to sign an extension.
Indeed, while speaking on YouTube , Watts explained (12:55): “Really fantastic news this. Gabriel Martinelli has agreed a new contract, four and a half years.
"My understanding has been agreed in principle. It hasn't been signed yet. But that is going to happen imminently. And we could well have an official announcement at some point within the next week.
"Fantastic news. One down two to go. The fact that Martinelli has agreed is just a big boost for Arsenal ahead of the second half of the season."

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Martinelli has been in fine form for the Gunners this term, starting all 19 of the Premier League games while providing seven goals and two assists in this period.Such form also earned him a call-up to the 2022 World Cup squad with
Brazil which has helped his reputation soar to a whole new level.Of course, though, that will mean certain top clubs will be monitoring his situation, perhaps plotting to buy the winger in future transfer windows. For instance, former Brazilian international Ramires has claimed that Real Madrid and Juventus will come "knocking on the door" for Martinelli eventually.Seeing as his current deal expires in 2024, there may have been fears at Arsenal that he could soon start to look elsewhere for a new challenge. However, if he is to sign this new four-and-a-half-year deal – as Watts reports – that should put any exit talk to bed for some time.