Arsenal’s new Rising Stars – 4 Gabriel Martinelli (plus Videos)

The 18 year-old Gabriel Martinelli only joined Arsenal this summer just after his 18th birthday, from Ituano Futebal Clube of Brazil, but because of his age and his low price tag he wasn’t given the fanfare normally seen with new signings, but considering he had already scored 10 goals in 34 games for his club he was very highly regarded.

His arrival was attributed to us signing Edu as one of the clubs talent-spotters, but having seen such Brazilians arrive before, like Wellington, a lot of fans were very skeptical. There was talking of him initially going out on loan, but the youngster was so impressive in pre-season Emery decided to keep him and was given a squad number of 35. You couldn’t have seen a better debut from him as he scored twice against Nottingham Forest, and then repeated the feat again in the Europa League game against Standard Liege.

He has been as impressive as Pepe and Ceballos since his arrival in my eyes and could prove to be the bargain of the summer signings. So for this one I am going to show two videos, one showing his amazing skills since he joined Arsenal, and a second one showing why Arsenal bought him from Ituano in the first place….

Enjoy!

Updated: October 12, 2019 — 1:33 pm

12 Comments

  1. He’s really good for his age. Very exciting prospect for the future
    Until Lacazette comes back and Aubameyang moves back to the left we should play Martinelli on left Wing. Let Saka and Martinelli fight for LW

    1. No, leave Aubamayang up front in the middle and let Lacazette play just behind him in the classic Bergkamp role. Martinelli on the left wing.

      1. Perfect
        Exactly how we can effectively utilize PAL

  2. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin

    Let’s calm down till upper Monday the 21st of October when Arsenal go to Bramal Lane to take on Sheffield Utd in a PL match encounter that I personally is looking forward to see Arsenal keep their attained top spot in the table and possibly profit to improved on it should Man City drop points away to Crystal Palace.

  3. Sorry to go off topic, but if anyone watched the Denmark – Switzerland game, just another completely out of position Xhaka incident has just cost the Swiss a very important point. How Emery stands for this useless, incompetent midfielder heaven only knows. I recently read on here that Emery’s Godfather to his new born child. That just makes the situation even worse, then again when Emery goes hopefully he’ll take Xhaka with him

    1. So not only are we wishing he’d take paternity leave, the Swiss will be too!

  4. Martinelli, the very reason why IMO, selling Iwobi was a shrewd deal

  5. LDDWWWDWW..

    I liked this lad from the very first day I saw him. This new generation players we have will give us the Champions League we have wanted for years.

  6. Hopefully these youngsters led by Martinelli can have a run in CL rather than just show up for rd 16 roll call then be sent home like usual.

  7. An exciting young chap. No. 2 of the summer signings after one T from Celtic.

  8. He has been excellent so far. Banging in goals, taking shots, amazing movement, energy and passion… ever happy. His attitude a stark contrast to Pepè who always seems like he is about to fly off the handle any minute and bludgeon a teammate to death in the dressing room.

  9. Scouts job is more difficult than you think, looking at those clips what would make you pick him out over many other 18 year olds doing well in academy games and getting the odd shout. What would make you pick him over a 17 year old that plays in France and is around the first team. Esp if we’re looking at highlight clips one player doesn’t seem to much different from another player, is he quick, has he got ball control, what’s his passing like, I’m sure a lot of them look promising. It was a good spot whoever picked him out from over there, he does resemble Ronaldo a little with his frame and his burst forward. We haven’t been doing well scouting over that way so hopefully it’s all going to change, SA have an array of talent but this was a good find not an easy one.

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