“I couldn’t believe it” – Martinelli needs to stay grounded to continue progress

Our young Brazilian Gabriel Martinelli, who has only been at Arsenal for one full year now, has taken giant strides after moving up from the Brazilian Youth Leagues in spectacular style.

He has also been complimented and praised by some of the finest players ever to come from his country, and the genius Ronaldinho even compared the 18 year-old with the Real Ronaldo a few months ago.

Martinelli admitted he was shocked on hearing that he had been likened to one of the greatest ever footballers of all time, and told Arsenal’s YouTube channel: ‘Wow, when I heard that I couldn’t believe it. It’s crazy because I was in Brazil until recently, playing in the Copa Sao Paulo, which is a prestigious youth-level competition, but it’s nothing like the Premier League.

“To get here and play in the Premier League for Arsenal, one of the best clubs in the world, and for one of the best Brazilian players of all time to speak to highly of me and compare me with one of the best forwards in football history is something that seems hard to believe.

‘You think ‘could he really be talking about me? Is it me? To be honest it still hasn’t sunk in. That’s the case for many things because they’ve happened so quickly in my life.

‘As I said I always have to keep my feet on the ground. I’m grateful for those who praise me and I always try to give my best to keep earning that praise but above all it’s about working hard and going for wins and success here at Arsenal.’

I honestly do believe that Gabriel could aim for the stars if he carries on progressing the way he has so far. I was also so happy that he was given a new extended contract and a massive pay rise, but now he has to ignore all the accolades until he has actually proven himself over a full season at least. I wonder if he could match Ronaldo’s feat of scoring 30 goals in his first professional season? I damn well hope so!

Sam P


  1. Let’s give a chance to develop.

    Obviously he can do so in team today with Laca, Pepe, Auba, Saka, Nketiah, nor Nelson who should have stayed in Germany and keep growing as he was.

    I will see Gaby do well in Italy on loan at Napoli, he will get in the team.

    Write it before, get Koulibaly on a swap for Torreira and Kolas + 40M and give them Gaby on loan to leave lock deal..

    It would be a win win as we now have a top CB and a youngster developing.

    Sell Gendouzi and Xhaka to pay off Koulibaly and make 20M. Sell Mustafi, Sokratis and Mikki add another 50M.

    That’s 70M, buy Havertz, give them Nelson and Rose on loan to facilitate deal.

    Let Ozil go free to Turkey, pay Off Luiz. We save 30M on wages in total. Bring Said benrhama. with that

    Sell Holding or Chambers as we have Mari and buy a top young player to back up Tierny.


    Bellerin Koulibaly Saliba Tierny,
    ……………………Niles Partey
    Pepe Auba. Saka

    Sub: Belogun, Nketiah, Willock, Chambers, Mari, new RB, Ceores…

    Useless to pack up players and not play them as to keep young players instead of develloping on wise loans.

    This team beats any team in EPL and Europe and doesn’t cost a dime, just brain we do not have beside money.

    We are no linked to players we should but Luiz extending. Tells everything!

  2. When given opportunities the kid delivered. I hope he is given a chance to compete and nail down a spot. He’s also a strong option off the bench who’s energy and desire can turn a match around.

  3. Dan and SueP, no plan but demonstrate how we can land top players to improve team in order to compete next year.

    Get Koulibaly, Partey and Harvertz, swap, loan and sell players to break even.

    Bellerin Koulibaly Saliba Tierny
    …..Pepe. Auba. Saka

    Can beat any team in EPL and Europe; compete…

    PB, we do only have 50M budget as past decade, but mainly no brain in this board.

    Torreira Kolas wanted by Napoli, Xhaka by Herta, this winter window.

    That secures Koulibaly adding maybe 20M. Deal handed to us…Last summer as well and this upcoming window again!

  4. Mogunna your idea’s are great but other than fifa i doubt any of those deals are realistic. We can all dream lol

  5. As we know we have £50 our budget. Good.
    Swap Lacazette for Pantey, sell Torreira and kolas for £40. Bellerin wanted by many clubs. We can have atleast £20. Total we have £110m
    Sell Sokratis, Holding and Niles for £35-£40. Guenduz for 20, Elneny +mikkhi for 15, Ozil for 15. We have total of £220.
    Get Upamecano for £55, Ndidi for £45. Any top RB for 30. 10m two years loan deal for Osmane Dembele and 20m for Depay.. We have used total of £160. We remain with £60 for last summer debt ( to pay £72m for Pepe).
    Os Dembele/Pepe……..Depay/Martinell
    At the end of the season we must end up atleast second of the league

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