Declan Rice reveals the Arsenal player that is the sharpest he has seen in training

Declan Rice has been an Arsenal player for just two months and is already enjoying life at the Emirates.

The midfielder was in pre-season with them and continues to show he has what it takes to do well at the highest level.

During the preparation for this season, one of his new teammates caught his eye with his sharpness in pre-season.

The English midfielder opened up on that player, who was the sharpest he had ever seen in training.

He tells TNT Sport:

“The one who when we were away in America, I’ve never seen someone so sharp in training was Martinelli. He was so sharp. Saka is sharp, but I feel like Martinelli, he’s faster, in a sprint, 100 per cent, 100 per cent. Those two on the wings is frightening,”

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Gabriel Martinelli has developed into one of the finest attackers in the Premier League and was even taken to the World Cup by Brazil.

The attacker knows the competition to play is serious and has kept himself sharp to avoid losing his spot in the team.

We want this attitude from all our players as it will mean they will be ready to give their best in every game in all competitions.

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  1. I love Martinelli’s attitude and approach. The way he tracks back to defend and even win the ball back is a welcomed sight from a young player.

    He is dangerous in 1 v 1 situations, and unselfish in looking for teammates and assists. I have always felt Klopp was spot on with his comments about Martinelli in the past.

  2. I hope Martinelli, Saka, Smith Rowe and Trossard are given a start some time this season in place of Havertz and Nketia whilst Jesus is injured.

  3. Leading up to the world cup a Brazilian ask me about Martinelli saying he has known nothing of the kid, told him he’s similar to Luiz Suarez.

    He seems to have a more killer instinct more than Saka.

    1. He is never not similar to suarez in behaviour,physique,finishing technique and style of play.martinelli will be greater eventually at this rate, all he need do is never to take a leaf from luis “blood thirsty choppers” suarez’s book.{no truce}

  4. Martinelli plays his own mini games within the games, he is that proactive. What a player. And what a prospect. He still is raw though, and I feel he has a higher ceiling than Saka.

    If every outfield player shared his enthusiasm when pressing back, Arsenal would be a machine.

  5. This boy at the moment has no ceiling… I can’t wait to see him at his peak.

    He is my favourite player followed closely by Saka and then Odegaard and was my player of the season last year.

  6. Great to see Rice praising a teammate. This increases the good spirit all round and motivates and encourages players.

  7. Martinelli is one of the best winger in epl now, he has dribbling, pace, workrate both defensively and offenisive, finishing. But he needs looks up and around more while dribbling then he will be more frightening.

  8. It’ll be interesting to see who scores more this season between Martinelli and Saka and then look at the assists too. Also looking forward to seeing what Trossard can do if he can get some decent game time

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