Martinez proved right after naming Arteta’s "future stars" before Arsenal exit

Arsenal look to be getting back on the right track after a poor start to the season which saw them slip as low as 15th in the Premier League table after a run of seven games without a win.

However, after three victories in a row over Chelsea, Brighton and West Brom, the Gunners have risen to 11th and are now closer to the top four than they are the relegation zone.

A big part of their recent turnaround in form has been the influence of young players such as Gabriel Martinelli, Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka.

Between them, the trio have registered two goals and three assists and come in for big praise from supporters and pundits alike.

Martinelli and Saka burst onto the scene last season and former Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez claimed they could go onto be 'future world stars' before the start of the current campaign.

Speaking to talkSPORT back in July, Martinez earmarked the duo as "future stars, not just for the Arsenal, but in the Premier League and in the world."

The 28-year-old said: "I'm telling you, Saka and Martinelli are the future stars, not just for the Arsenal, but in the Premier League and in the world.

"They're willing to listen, they do extra work away from the training ground, they get on with everyone in the club and when they're on the field they do different stuff.

"They are different class. If they put it in their mind that they can be the best, they can reach that."

Martinez also joked that he would back Saka to "perform in goal" and tipped him to earn international honours, something the youngster achieved mere months later when he started in England's 3-0 win over Wales at Wembley.

"Saka can be in the England team already, he's the kind of player you need in your team," Martinez added.

"It's not just about how much he gives you [on the pitch], he's very positive and even with the top, experienced players that have been around, there are not many players like him.

"He's a team player. I could give him my gloves and he would perform in goal, that's Saka. I'm a bit worried, actually!"

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