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Arsenal striker Gabriel Martinelli tipped for stardom with Brazilian youngster lauded by Bernd Leno, Jurgen Klopp, Ian Wright and Martin Keown

Baako

Jan. 23, 2020

Arsenal Football Club have unearthed a real gem in Gabriel Martinelli, there is no question about that.
Martinelli arrived at the Emirates last summer from fourth tier Brazilian side Ituano for a fee in the region of £6million.
He arrived an unknown prospect, but that is certainly not the case now.
The 18-year-old has made quite the impression in north London thus far, scoring 10 goals in 21 appearances across all competitions.
Former Gunners boss Unai Emery started off by giving the teenage sensation game time in both the Europa League and Carabao Cup, with the youngster paying back the Spaniard’s faith with a regular supply of goals.
Martinelli has since been afforded more opportunities in the Premier League under new head coach Mikel Arteta , scoring three goals in his last six games.
The youngster underlined his talent with a stunning solo goal in Arsenal’s 2-2 at Chelsea on Tuesday night, a performance which drew him many plaudits in the media.
talkSPORT.com has collated some of the best quotes about the exciting prospect below…
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta…
“This guy has a lot of quality, he is quick, and most importantly he has the mentality to be fighting for everything.
“That is very important for a youngster to have that. They might have the technical ability but they also need the mentality and ambition to win things. I like him.”
Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno…
“He can be world class. He’s only 18 years old and he’s special. His mentality was unbelievable from the first day he came from Brazil, nobody knew his name,” he told talkSPORT.
“But you could see the fans loved him from the first day because they say that he’s a special guy.
“His quality is unbelievable and we are happy in our team. And I’m sure that we improve over time with experience and be an unbelievable player.”
Arsenal ‘Invincible’ Gilberto Silva…
“I see in him a boy not afraid to play, brave in his actions on the pitch.
“Even with all the pressure the club is going through, it transfers all that external pressure onto the pitch, but he’s playing as if he’s playing a game in Brazil with his friends.
“I think it’s this attitude that Arsenal need from all players. That’s the energy the club needs right now.”
Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright…
“ When you see him you can see there is a hunger and a determination about him.
“I’ve been in contact with him with texts and things, you can see that all he wants to do is do well.
“He’s so hungry. I think it’s only Jadon Sancho as a teenager who has scored more goals than him in the top five leagues so he’s somebody that has definitely got something in him.
“We’re lucky to have him and if he carries on improving the way he is, then it’s going to be very difficult to keep hold of him.
“If they can create chances, the way he moves into the box, he’s going to score goals and that is what we need to concentrate on with Arsenal, scoring more goals and creating more chances.”
Former Arsenal winger Perry Groves…
“There’s got to be a mention for Martinelli because he showed that composure and coolness when you’ve run basically from the edge of your own box,” Groves told talkSPORT.
“You’ve got a lot to time to think about it before you get to the edge of the [opposition’s] box, and for a young player to show that amount of composure was top quality.”
Former Arsenal star Perry Groves raves about Gabriel Martinelli
Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown…
“That young man, he has the club in the palm of his hands. He can take it wherever he wants,” Keown said after watching Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Chelsea, adding that questions need to be asked of Manchester United for letting him slip through their fingers.
“He was the youngest player on the pitch out there for Arsenal [against Chelsea] and he showed the experienced players how it was done.
“I was here in ’99 when Kanu scored three goals and that looked dead and buried when they were 1-0 down.
“He really is absolutely outstanding. He was certain he was going to put [his goal] away.
“His instinct for goal, his movement off the ball, show me another 18-year-old in Europe doing this?”
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp…
After a game against Liverpool, Martinelli gave young centre-halves Joe Gomez and Sepp van den Berg a torrid time at Anfield – and his performance did not go unnoticed by Klopp .
“Martinelli’s pretty much the same age [as Van den Berg] but he’s a talent of the century, he’s an incredible striker, so it’s really difficult.
“He’s 18 years old, right? So our scouting department is all over the world and stuff like this, but I think Edu [Arsenal technical director] gets all the credit for that signing – he came from… wherever.
“He’s really unbelievable. So young, looks so mature already, is a proper threat.
“Yeah, he looks like a really decent player. ‘But I don’t want to put any [pressure] on his back with this [his earlier remarks] but I just really like good football players and obviously he’s a very good one.”
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