Martinelli claims Arsenal ‘is united’ before naming two stars he ‘can’t thank enough’

Gabriel Martinelli signed a new deal this week, before expressing his delight in extending his stay with Arsenal FC.

The Brazilian has been amongst our top performers this season, despite making the jump from the fourth tier in his home country to what is widely described as the best league in world football only last summer.

Martinelli has quickly become a fans favourite at the club, and has revealed how everyone around has made him feel like ‘family’ since making the switch.

“It’s as if we are a family and everyone is united,” Martinelli told Arsenal FC.

“Everyone chats to everyone and you have players like Aubameyang or Lacazette, who are top footballers, but they’re great people as well.

“Emi Martinez and David Luiz as well. I can’t thank them enough for helping me settle in and I’m grateful to God for this opportunity.

“[Mikel Arteta] helped me so much since he took over. As I’ve said before, when the ball is in midfield, I have to shape my body correctly to head towards goal.

“He’s helped me in many areas, so I think he’ll be very important in terms of my development at Arsenal. I hope to contribute with lots of goals, assists, good performances and results for the club.”

Mikel Arteta has come in for praise from a number of circles since taking up the helm in December, and while he wasn’t a part of the team when we made the move to bring him to the club, he has already made an impact on the youngster.

Martinelli and Arteta have all the ingredients to return our club to become the Premier League giants we were not too long ago, and I can’t wait to see the pair flourish for our side.

Is there any doubt that the Brazilian has the potential to be the best in the world? Is there any better coach to try and help him get there than Mikel Arteta?


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  1. Can’t wait for this guy to come back. I heard his injury timeline is very dependent on the type of surgery that needed to be performed, and worst case is 6months out. Surely Arsenal would’ve said something if his 2020 season was over? Hope Gabi is back for start of next season

  2. Arteta grows from an assistant to a coach as young players do….

    Has to be this way l, without money. Wenger way

    I’m sure Prof calls & support.

  3. Securing the long term futures of Saka and Martinelli will go down as a pivotal moment in our journey back to the top.

    1. 👍 There are a few others worth watching like Balogun, Smith-Rowe, Mavropanos and Greenwood, so the future looks bright. Medley is also young for a CB and it would be great if he kicks on.
      Arsenal needs to be selective and optimise the available funds to retain existing player assets and facilitate transfers to address deficiencies, such as in midfielder Partey.

      1. True. None of these talented prospects, either from the academy or bought young, should be allowed to reach anywhere near the final year of their contract. I mean, the Saka situation could have so easily gone the other way given the profile of clubs that were interested.

  4. When Arteta came in, it appeared as if he did not like Niles but now it appears he was still training him. It has also appeared Martinelli is part of his plan but now the guy has signed an extension and he is praising Arteta, citing how he is improving his game. Some senior players are also doing well. Arteta seems to me a player coach, a good one. If his tactics commensurate, we are in for a successful period, it’s only in a matter of time.

  5. Here is one of the reasons we need senior, experienced players around and why we re-signed Luiz,Soares and it made sense financially too, MA has seen at man City how valuable players like Company, Silva,Fernandinho…were to the team .

  6. It’s worth noting how MA has utilised the players he “inherited” from UE and how this success story differs so differently from how UE utilised the same (in most cases) players from AW.

    The difference in performance, attitude, team work and support iss remarkable… and the reason given that they were not UE’s players, falls down completely, as they are not MA’s players either.

    I believe we have a tremendous individual person in Mikel Arteta, someone who will represent our club and it’s values, not just on the pitch, but off it as well.
    Perhaps this is because he already knew what our club stood for?

    Can’t wait to see what Arteta will bring next season, meanwhile watching him bring The Arsenal back from the toxicity of the last two or three seasons is enough for me – anything more is a bonus.

    The last week has been fantastic, on and off the pitch, with great results, brilliant contract renewals renewed hope for the future – Martinelli has hit the nail on the head.

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