Chelsea star pleads for Arsenal ace Martinelli’s international allegiance after fine display in 2-2 draw


According to the Daily Star via Brazilian outlet Globo Esporte, Chelsea star Jorginho has urged Arsenal sensation Gabriel Martinelli to follow in his footsteps and commit his international allegiance to Italy.

18-year-old forward Martinelli was phenomenal against the Blues, the youngster scored for the Gunners in the 63rd minute after a lung-busting run that almost covered the whole pitch.

The Star claim that the Brazilian and Italian football federations are in a battle to secure Martinelli’s services. It’s even reported that Brazil boss Tite and Italian officials were at Stamford Bridge to watch the ace.

Goal claim that the Brazilian-born starlet is eligible to represent Italy through his father.


Martinelli has been in fine form for Arsenal since joining last summer.

Here’s what Jorginho had to say on Martinelli:

“I am waiting for you in March.”

“He is really doing an incredible job. He burst out of nowhere… He has the merit that he was ready the moment the opportunity came.”

“He’s standing out, he deserves it, and I hope he can help the Italian team a lot.”

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Martinelli has 10 goals and 3 assists to his name from his 21 appearances across all competitions for the Gunners this season.

The promising star is capped at Under-23s level for Brazil, making his debut in November. Martinelli reportedly rejected a call-up to Italy’s Under-19s squad in September, according to the Star.

Should the Arsenal forward switch his international allegiance and receive a call up from Roberto Mancini in March, he could actually make his senior international debut against England.

Tags Brazil National Team Chelsea Gabriel Martinelli Italy Jorginho


  1. Goonster says:

    I couldn’t give a monkeys about his national allegiance.
    What i carw about is him continuing to develop and helping Arsenal FC.

  2. Raja Danish says:

    In summer we need to sign adama traore at any codt the guy is a beast of an attacker. Simply unplayable at times against liverpool. Robertson the best LB of PL couldn’t cope with him. With martinelli and traore on wings and auba in attsck we will have a lightening quick attack. Excellent for quick counter attack. If auba does leave in jan or summer window thrn we can sign raul jimenez from wolves he is a terrific centre forward with good all round ability excellent aerial ability we are missing since giroud’s departure. Plus jimenez has an excellent coordination with traore

    1. Raja Danish says:

      For Next season with sale of squad players and deadwood and making wise and right signings of 4-5 players we could become a very competitive team again:
      Sales of ozil mustafi sokratis and if sale of auba if barca gives 60-70M then take it and build a team like liverpool and also sell other deadwoods. With this money we could sign good quality players the likes of Adama Traore Raul Jimenez Lewis Dunk Upamecano Grealish Max aarons all are PL proven except upamecano.
      My team for next season:

      Xhaka/Sergej savic
      Auba or laca(if one stays)/ Jimenez
      Formation: 4-3-3

      Other squad players:
      Chambers luiz nketiah willock

  3. mugisha herbert says:

    we can’t be Liverpool and we will never be. we shall always create our own history we don’t need to imitate the success of other teams. we never imitated any team when we went unbeaten.

    1. Glorious says:

      We are not imitating Liverpool, we are just trying to be compliant with the reality of the game, even when we went on beaten for a whole season, our pattern of play was 4-3-3, because Dennis Bergkamp was more of a false 9 like firmino of Liverpool.Therefore, Liverpool manager copied our script and modified it to look as if they originate this pattern, even Manchester city is not an exception of this pattern.

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