Martinelli tells us he is fit, and which Arsenal player he wants to emulate

Gabriel Martinelli has had a long time out of the Arsenal side with injury after bursting into the Gunners first team last season, but now the 19 year-old feels that he is now ready to take to the field, and also he is very keen on following in Aubameyang’s footsteps.

“I’m feeling very good,” Martinelli told ESPN Brazil (in quotes translated by @Rehnato). “I don’t feel any more pain on my knee and this is the most important thing. I’m ready when Mikel needs me.

“I’m working very hard (to start). Of course, Auba plays in my position but I look to him every day, in every training, to learn as much as I can from him, he’s also a great guy off the pitch.

“I want to follow into Aubameyang’s footsteps, he’s a captain, he wears the number 14 shirt. That is a symbol for this club and of course, I hope to be very successful at Arsenal.”

I am nearly as certain as can be that Martinelli will become a superstar and Arsenal legend in the future, but I also agree with Arteta handling him with kid gloves until he regains top form and fitness.

We can’t just expect Martinelli to bounce back to the scintillating form he was in before his cruel injury, and we certainly don’t want a relapse any time soon because of overplaying.

He is still young, and he has the time and the talent to be even better than Aubameyang, don’t you agree?

Sam P

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4 Comments

  1. Jacko84 says:

    Would like to see Gabi get a start up front and start making runs off the last man.

  2. Pco says:

    Absolutely agree with the author of this article! He’s a very exciting young player that show the energy, passion and desire that is needed to succeed at this level! I also believe he will become a superstar!

  3. Sean says:

    With caution with this young man is the way as his injury was a bad one but he may be ready now to step in and step up to another level from where he was. Auba, Willian & Pepe have all failed so he will get a chance just like Saka and Emile.

    SmithRowe is the same that’s why Odegaard was brought in to help the burden on him.

    Saka is a different animal but he needs a rest very soon with Pepe & Martinelli on either side of Laca or Auba for a game or 2 maybe. He has played alot and been brilliant so dont want to risk an injury from being overplayed.

    Partey & Teirney are a huge worry as their injuries are adding up already & they are the main players of this team defensively along with Holding, We need them all fit for a good run of games in the team.

    OT… Dino v Matteo yday in a 1-1 draw between Stuttgart & Hertha Berlin. Nice to see them playing week in and week out along with Saliba for their returns. Hope all 3 come back into the fold come the summer when Luiz, Torreira & Elneny all leave.

  4. Pco says:

    True Sean! The future of Arsenal lies in our youth! A lot of young players in our team and out on loan playing and gaining valuable knowledge in these very strong leagues. 22/23 Season could be a really interesting year!
    Remember where you read it!
    Lol

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