Premier League legend compares Arsenal man to Luis Suarez

Former Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand, has compared Gabriel Martinelli to Luis Suarez.

The Arsenal attacker has become one of the most important players at the Emirates now, and his start to this season has been blistering.

He has scored in each of the opening two league games of the campaign, and he looks prepared to take up a more important role at the club.

Martinelli joined the Gunners as a relative unknown, but he has now developed into a key player for them.

Mikel Arteta is increasingly trusting him to stay on the pitch and make things happen.

Ferdinand has enjoyed watching him and says the Brazilian is similar to the former Liverpool man, Suarez.

Speaking on his Vibe with Five YouTube channel, he said: “Martinelli, if he stays fit, this guy, I’ve told you this before what Arteta told me, he could be the next Suarez-type player.

“Even Brendan Rodgers, I was interested in Brendan Rodgers’ comments, he said that Arsenal have gone up a level with their additions, so it looks positive with you guys.”

Just Arsenal Opinion

Martinelli is coming of age, and Arsenal will benefit greatly from having him in its squad.

The Brazilian remains one key part of our group, and he has proven over time that he will keep improving.

His focus on developing his game is impressive, and that is a recipe for having a successful career.

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  1. Great prospect but needs to score many more goals and produce a lot more. The kid is ultra talented he needs direction.

    1. I believe he’s getting it Reggie!!

      The improvement is plain to see and, with the triangle used down our left flank, it has helped him blossom into something really special.

      If we can get the right flank working in the same way, the opportunities will be endless.

  2. Martinelli is getting the right direction from Arteta which is plain to see looking at his improvement.

  3. It’s a massive compliment to compare Martinelli to Luis Suarez.

    Single handedly time and time again Suarez won matches, a player who must win at all cost,
    Martinelli is very brave not known to pull out of a tackle, seems to relish that natural south American work ethic, if he stays fit for the full season he will certainly be in the top five foward player in England come the end of the season

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