Jurgen Klopp recently called Martinelli “a talent of the century” while Gary Neville compared Martinelli to Robert Pires.   Mikel Arteta is quoted as saying, “Gabi has shown big signs of where he’s moving. Certainly, the capacity that he has to score goals and be a threat in the final third and I think his contribution all round in his game has been exceptional.”

One can of course only imagine the fun the media would have had if the situation had been reversed and Arsenal had had Martinelli on trial each year for four years and then let him go only for Manchester United or Liverpool to pick him up.

But interestingly Manchester United are not getting much stick over this gross failure on their part.  There is mention of the fact that the player was there – and that he went every year for four years – but that’s about as far as it goes.

In fact had the situation been reversed I suspect that the media pressure on Edu could have forced him out of the club.

Fortunately, that is not the case.