The 18 year-old Arsenal striker Gabriel Martinelli may have only been playing in the 4th tier of Brazilian football last season, but he has exploded into life after moving to the Gunners in the summer. Amazingly he has already scored 5 goals from his 3 starts for Arsenal and looks like a real find by Edu.
Despite his age he has settled into a new country and continent extremely quickly (compared to Pepe!) and he has been helped immensely by our Argentinian keeper Emi Martínez. He is certainly not overawed by the speed he has settled in. The youngster told Arsenal.com: “No, I’m not surprised,”
“It’s what I wanted, what I dreamed about, to sign for a big club.
“I’ve gotten used to everything – the weather, the team and I think I’ve settled in well. I think I’ve started well because I’m working very hard.
“I have to thank Emi because he is helping me a lot. My family is always here with me to keep my feet on the ground.
“If I carry on like this, the rewards will come. Working very hard, always trying to win matches for the team and always giving my all on the pitch.”
Martinelli certainly works very hard for the team, but the most important thing is that he turns that commitment into goals on a regular basis, and if there is one thing Arsenal need right now it is more goals! I can see no reason why he shouldn’t be given an extended run in the first team now to see if he can improve even further.
If you are good enough, you are young enough.
What do you think?