It was a performance that left Arteta pleased with the talented youngster as the Arsenal boss delivered the following verdict at the full-time whistle.
“I think they all played really well and Gabi is improving every week.
“He’s taking his minutes in the right way and he’s developing the way we all believe he can.
“Today he had an assist, which was an important moment, and he had some good moments off the left – and also trying to play as a number nine as well.”
Arsenal’s bitterly disappointing season is approaching an end and it’s expected there will be wholesale changes in the summer.
It’s time for Arteta to take a new direction with this team, with the likes of Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith-Rowe and Martinelli leading the way.
The Gunners’ boss got it wrong with his team selection on Thursday evening and, ultimately, paid the price.