“Right now he seems to be riding the crest of a wave.” Former player hails Arsenal man

Gabriel Martinelli is arguably the most in-form player at Arsenal now, and his form has impressed most football fans.

We have enjoyed watching the Brazilian in recent weeks, and his stunning performance in the Gunners’ last game against Leeds United has won him even more admirers.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been banished from the club’s first team, and that has left a huge void in the attack.

Martinelli has stepped up well, and former Leeds United man, Noel Whelan, cannot help but lavish him with praise in a recent interview.

 “We know what a great player he is, we’ve seen glimpses in the past. He’s still very young, but right now he seems to be riding the crest of a wave” he told Football Insider.

“He’s full of confidence, full of beans – not just going forwards, I love what he does at the other end too. He tracks back brilliantly.

“He can be crucial for Arsenal in the run-in if he can keep up this amazing form. He’s very clever with his movement and running – and that willingness makes him more important than having someone like Aubameyang.

“Right now, he’s doing exactly what Arteta wants from him.”

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Martinelli is stepping up at the right time, and fans can only pray he remains in top form for the rest of this season.

The former Ituano man has always looked like a class act and he is now proving it with his recent performances for the Gunners.

As the club plots how many attackers they would need to sign, he could save them a lot of money in the market.

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  1. He keeps starting is the key to this young man being consistent. He is already proving he has it in his locker in the absence of Pierre, plus defensively does the off the ball work.

    Saka, SmithRowe & Martinelli are top drawer youngsters. Ødegaard also is there too though we payed £30m for him. We need an out and out goal scorer up top with good hold up play to replace Auba & Laca when they go at the end of the season.

  2. We all know how good we think he is. Just by the type of goals he is scoring, they are not Standard type of goals, I think he is more like agureo in style. If he carries on in this form, you know that Madrid, Barcelona are going to tap him up…it’s amazing to think in a years time of development we could have 3 world class players (Saka,esr, and Martinelli) my definition of “world class” is they can preform/score goals in any league in the world at the same standard….

    1. Good points about their future; in talent and tapping up.

      The key is to make them feel wanted, build the team around this attack and ensure them they are keystone players at the club.

      I believe that is exactly what Arteta and Edu plan to do, and have no intention to sell any of the 3 for years to come.

      There is no guarantee that any replacements can deliver like them, so why sell proven players the team needs. Thankfully we’re a big enough club to pay them wages matching their worth, and can fend off Barca and Madrid for a while; so long as we’re competing for titles and trophies in years to come.

  3. Martinelli is indeed quality in motion, there was no doubt about it from day one. The only sad thing is that it took so long for Arteta to play him regularly, however better late than never. Martinelli, Saka and ESR are the core future attack for Arsenal. I only hope MA starts with ESR in games instead of bringing him on as a super sub. He can take the place of Odegard and Odegard can take the place of Xhaka as a deep lying midfielder.

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