There are a number of talented youngsters who are coming through the ranks at the Emirates Stadium, with the likes of Bukayo Saka and Joe Willock also beginning to establish themselves in the first-team.
Van Persie hosted a Twitter Q&A on Thursday and was asked by one supporter: "Which Arsenal youngster are you most excited about?" to which he simply replied "Martinelli!"
The former Dutch forward also answered a number of other questions, and when asked about Gunners manager Mikel Arteta, who he played alongside during his spell at Arsenal, he was full of praise for the Spaniard.
He said: "Played with him (Arteta) for 1 year. Very good player and professional. Luckily he realised straight away that he had to pass all the balls to me, that's what I call a great player. First signs as a manager look very promising!"