Pundit states that Arsenal youngster is “obviously a superstar in the making”

Peter Crouch is impressed with the performances of Arsenal star Gabriel Martinelli and insists the Brazilian is a star in the making.

Martinelli scored twice as the Gunners beat Leeds United 4-1 in their last league game.

In the absence of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has been banished from the Arsenal first team, the likes of Martinelli and Bukayo Saka have had to step up with the goals.

They are doing great with that responsibility, and Martinelli is arguably the most in-form attacker at the club now.

At 20, the former Ituano man is just getting started and former Liverpool man, Crouch, writes in his column on The Daily Mail:

“Gabriel Martinelli is obviously a superstar in the making. Let’s see where this 20-year-old can go in a full season without fitness problems. He can be anything he wants. Martinelli can do things that nobody else can. Such quick feet, calm in front of goal. Pace, under-rated strength as well.

His second goal at Leeds United massively impressed me. He is fouled when bursting into the box and still has that presence of mind to stay up. The composure to do that and dink the goalkeeper is a difficult thing to do, trust me. That is the sign of real quality.”

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Arsenal could still lose Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah to free transfers in the summer.

Mikel Arteta would be in the market for reinforcements if that happens, but Martinelli’s current form shows we can trust him to lead the club’s next attack.

Fans have always known he is top quality, and it is great to see him prove that now.

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16 Comments

  1. PJ-SA says:

    Enough talk now, let the kid just get on with it and focus on the rest of the season.

  2. Herr Drier says:

    I remember an interview he done just after signing for us in which he said he can play CF, but his best position was on the left wing. That being the case, leave where he’s happiest and if Lacca doesn’t sign a new contract get another CF

    1. Jo-Gunz says:

      Straight

  3. Arsenal2win says:

    This lad proved his worth a long time past. MA was the one slowing him down. Who knows if MA won’t return him 2 the bench after one poor game. Arteta lacks man management abilities.

    1. Bk says:

      Why is almost everyone seemingly ignoring the fact that this was a teenager who was out injured for a year and rushing him back risked not only his confidence but also a relapse/further damage?

      1. Voyageur says:

        Because it doesn’t fit the narrative that the manager will only play youngsters when he has no other option (see ESR). Next it will be that he has frozen put Azeez and wont give Patino the chance he deserves because he prefers Xhaka.

        1. SueP says:

          Yup
          ESR would still be in the bench or off on loan again or frozen out.. Our rookie manager just keeps getting lucky, undeserved breaks.

        2. The-Real-Vieira-Lynn-4ever says:

          no one is ignoring his previous injury concerns or the way that this might have impacted his availability in the month or so following his “completed” recovery, so to propagate that notion is nothing more than a ridiculous attempt by like-minded individuals to undermine the mental capacity of those with opposing views

          that said, the bigger issue is why are those who have a tendency to put manager before team ignoring the fact that he was on the bench, thereby signaling that he was both ready and available to play, yet still overwhelmingly ignored by MA, even as a late game substitute

          as for your make believe statement about what some might be saying about other players, like Azeez or Patino, if there was no Marts narrative to discuss, that’s nothing but pure speculative nonsense, which makes you the ones with the obvious agenda…nice try though

          1. Bk says:

            I don’t know if I have the wrong recollection but partey seemed ready and available to play, only to walk off as the game continued

          2. Bk says:

            @TRVL4, you clearly stated *opposing views*.. please help me point out the part that attempts to undermine the mental capacity of those with different opinions

          3. Durand says:

            People will believe what they choose to believe. Martinelli was cleared by doctors last year, yet still sat out entire Spring and rarely played.

            If doctors said he was fit, I chose to trust their perfessional opinion. Too injured to even get sub minutes late in games? Hard to believe.

            Let’s see how things go moving forward, Martinelli in a purple patch so let’s see when his form dips. Arteta seems pleased with his effort, defense, and reading of the game.

            Will Arteta let him play through the rough patch? That’s the key for me, that shows a degree of trust the manager has in his players.

            So far Xhaka, Partey, Saka, Auba played through rough patches, I think he will let Martinelli do the same.

            1. The-Real-Vieira-Lynn-4ever says:

              Cheers Durand…I was just about to respond to BK, but you beat me to the punch in your usual concise and level-headed fashion

    2. Jo-Gunz says:

      Yes, he did prove his worth a long time past.
      We also are aware of how injuries have disrupted his development.
      I would have granted him more playtime before now but better late than never, especially where he competed with the captain.
      Let us enjoy the current times and our Martinelli.
      We can keep our 4th position or even pip Chelsea to 3rd.
      Trusting the process.

  4. Atangana says:

    Martinelli has proven that he can lead the line. There’s is no doubt.

  5. Longbenark says:

    Nothing is impossible, if we stay consistent, we could be 3rd, we just need to steady the ship and get a midfield machine in January, I see Arteta trying Tavares in midfield, really not a bad idea, we could have partey, Xhaka and Tavares in a 4-3-3, the only problem, Tavares is still raw , he needs a lot of coaching.

  6. gunnerforlife says:

    Martinelli is sheer class, no iota of doubt in that. Hopefully he stays fit and plays well consistently. MA should give him a long run, if fit, even when his form dips, if it dips at all. As for the CF position, I think Martinelli is more comfortable and confident in the left wing position and if Laca leaves, we can buy a new CF and allow Martinelli to flourish on the wings.

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