Arsenal wonderkid compared to Brazil’s Ronaldo

Former Arsenal man, Kevin Campbell, has hailed Gabriel Martinelli after the Brazilian’s bright start to life at Arsenal.

Martinelli was an unknown quantity when Arsenal signed him from Ituano in the Brazilian lower leagues last summer.

Despite not being Arsenal’s most high profile signing, he emerged as the club’s breakout star.

His season was cut short after he got injured during project restart in June, and he has been sidelined since that time.

As he works his way back to full fitness, Arsenal has evolved after adding a few new players to their team.

However, Campbell has enjoyed watching Martinelli play and the former striker claims that the Brazilian is the real deal.

He praised the striker for his skillset before saying that he is reminded of Ronaldo de Lima when he watches Martinelli play.

“I think Martinelli is the one, I really do,” Campbell told Football Insider. “Martinelli was sensational when he came in last season.

“He is a real handful – strong, direct and reminds me of the Brazilian Ronaldo. The way that he picks up the ball and runs at goal is phenomenal.

“I am not saying that he is Ronaldo but he reminds me of him, especially with that goal he scored at Chelsea.”

Martinelli will hope to get back to full fitness soon, and even when he does that, he will have to fight for his first-team place at the club.

Tags Gabriel Martinelli Kevin Campbell


  1. Dont start overhayping the kid…he Is good, but way less than what ronaldo was at his age…Ronaldo was better at every department of the game…tbh, i dont see a lot of similarities between both players….Ronaldo was explosive, full of pace and tricks… Martinelli has great finishing, like Ronaldo, but he is not fast and he is not skillfull

    1. I’d agree that they are quite different in many ways but IMO Martinelli is definitely the pacier player out of the two. To be able to easily outrun most players in the modern game is quite amazing considering all the advanced training that players receive now. To say he isn’t fast is a joke!

      Skillful does not mean dribbling or step overs ect. Ball control, making smart runs, finding space, run timings are all way more valuable and take considerably more skill.

  2. Arteta doesn’t rate this youngsters (Martinelli, Gouendouzi, Seliba, Maitland-Niles, and Nelson). Arteta cannot polish gems

    1. Artetas personal enemy, Top Gunner, strikes again with his personal vindictive vendetta against a fine manager who he most derides, out of all the many fans on here!

      ODD OR WHAT? You are bound to wonder what MA has done to him personally to warrant this hate campaign!

  3. I’m really getting impatient, MA needs to mix youngsters with the experienced and talented older players we gave , Willock/Smith-Rowe may not be too skillful but he’s daring and would be a good cover for Partey and Elneny/Maitland-Niles,

    Saka isn’t too strong, so he can’t really help the midfield, he should be upfront with Nelson and Aubameyang,

    I believe a 4-2-3-1 formation would work fine.

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