Gabriel Martinelli is Arsenal’s difference-maker

Gabriel Martinelli, the difference.

Gabriel Martinelli hasn’t started for Arsenal for weeks, after picking up a hamstring injury in our 1-0 victory over Everton at Goodison Park almost a month ago. Originally it didn’t look too serious but has kept him out of a few important games this season and left Arsenal fans wondering when he would make his next appearance.

But we didn’t have to wait too long to see our winger back to his best, after Leandro Trossard was forced off in the first half due to his own hamstring problems, Arteta turned straight to Gabriel Martinelli and boy did he make a difference.

Coming on with so much energy, it looked like he’d never left. In the first half all our our attacks were hugging the right side, probably because Bukayo Saka is normally our main pathway to goal, which saw Trossard not really get many chances on the left side and when he did, he was quickly closed down by Kyle Walker, but as soon as Martinelli came on the whole mood of the game changed, and we started to launch attack after attack down that left wing. Martinelli, who is known for his pace and movement on the ball, looked to catch Walker off guard.

Walker is one of the best fullbacks in the Premier League and Martinelli and Trossard may play in the same position sometimes, but are completely different types of players. Martinelli bursts down the wing with his pace, tries to beat and go past his man down the touchline, whereas Trossard takes a little more time on the ball and looks for little tiki taki and I think that caught Walker off guard, for 45 minutes he was defending against a player who doesn’t really use his pace like Martinelli does and then Martinelli just exploded onto the pitch.

Arteta was asked after the game about Martinelli’s impact off the bench in his post-match press conference and said this “He’s been saying for a few week that I was going to be there for City.

“Obviously we were saying to Gabi it would be too early for you, and yesterday he said “boss I told you, I’m going to be ready for this”. And it happened – after 30 minutes Leo felt something in his hamstring. So, when I turned around, he was already ready, to go with his kit, and saying “boss, I’m ready to go”. He’s just got the joy of a kid, his mentality is incredible at his age, and it’s just a joy to have him because today he could change the game and he was really helpful for us to win”.

Clearly impressed with our winger’s cameo and come back to the squad. Scoring the winner in the dying second of the game, sending The Emirates crowd into madness. Martinelli made a huge difference to how we played and was probably my MOTM.

What’s your thoughts on Martinelli’s performance Gooners?

Daisy Mae


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  1. This Brazilian kid is as loyal as they get, he’s Arsenal through and through right down to his bone, first to sign that may have only been delayed trying to find a pen.

    Kick on now kid.

  2. He was Arsenal’s hero, although he might’ve not made the same impact if he played since the first minute of the game against Walker

    Man City defenders looked more tired in the second half and Martinelli is one of the paciest LWs in EPL with a lot of energy by coming in from the bench

    We’re so lucky to have such talent and I hope Nelson can play like that in big games

    1. Gai, it isn’t necessary to make explanation for why MCity lost, Matinelli could still have troubled them in 90minutes. ManCity unusually lost 3 games in a stretch with walker playing all.
      Nelson is another hugely tarlentend player. He started as Right wing back with a burst of pace but unfortunately injury hasn’t really helped his football career. He has even played on loan in Germany as a CF before. Hope he is fit for the rest of the season. Arteta mentioned in one of his press conference that he is trying to manage Nelson and ESR fitness.

      1. Nelson should show that he can be as explosive as Martinelli in cup competitions, otherwise there are some younger LWs waiting for their promotions, such as Sagoe Jr

    1. If player is not fit then Arteta should trust the bench players Like Nelson, Smith Rowe to do the job. I believe the fit Nelson does the pretty good job in wings. Arteta has to trust them and give a chance.

  3. Here’s an example of why some of us on JA questioned MA’s insistence on playing Willian and not Martinelli.
    Of course we were described as being disloyal and it was only when MA had to play this brilliant player, that everyone could see what he would bring to the club.

  4. He was superb but even better when Jesus plays at centre forward as they have a great understanding and can interchange.

    I could see Martinelli ending at centre forward

  5. He is the most explosive player we have in the squad and thus gives us a different way of playing. I believe we need one more such player in the squad. You can sense Arteta needs a player that given the links to Mudryk.

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