Gabriel Martinelli continues to impress, and continues to be a ray of hope for Arsenal fans who haven’t had many of those in recent years.
His goal against Chelsea on Tuesday night was his tenth of an incredibly impressive season, even more so considering his age, just 18.
On the Totally Football Show this week, ESPN Brasil’s Natalie Gedra had some fascinating insight into his background and how he has been prepared for playing football in Europe.
“I was just impressed with Martinelli’s personality: he just took the ball and went with it, he knew exactly what he wanted to do. He’s only 18.
“Back in Brazil, he was moulded to play in Europe. His training was much more physical than you would normally do for a young player in Brazil. I found out about that talking to him and his staff.
“He had periods training at Manchester United and Barcelona so he could be that [kind of] player. When he turned 18, he came to Europe and he seems much more ready than most Brazilian players would be at that age.
“He’s not a particularly big player, but he is dealing with the physicality of the Premier League really well, and the mentality.
“He’s going to be a very good player. I really have faith in him, and not just me: Pierre Emerick Aubameyang says so, Ian Wright says so…”
It’s only a little over halfway through the season and already he’s their most successful youngster in some time.
“He’s the first Arsenal teenager to score ten or more goals in a season since Nicolas Anelka,” said Duncan Alexander. “You hope he doesn’t do an Anelka, has a good season then demands a move somewhere else. Three, four, five years at Arsenal would be ideal.
“He covered 62 metres in six seconds in that run, then calmly slotted it past Kepa who had a particularly unimpressive games. Arsenal had two shots – not just on target, but two shots.”
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