Wow – Gabriel Martinelli has turned into a monster (Photos)

When young Gabriel Martinelli arrived as a spindly 18 year-old from the Brazilian Third Tier, nobody expected him to be a regular first team starter until he had proved himself in the Under 23s for a few years.

But he was straight away sent on our pre-season tour of the USA, and duly scored on his debut as a young team beat Colorado Rapids 3-0. His first real game for the Gunners was against Nottingham Forest, and he scored twice this time making everyone sit up and take notice.

That earned him another call up in the Europa League, and his first game against Liege he scored yet again and seemed destined for great things. And he hasn’t stopped scoring since, making 10 goals in just 15 starts.

So, less than a year later, he is now considered to be a rising superstar, and I think we can expect even more rapid improvement as he builds up his muscle and his stamina.

For starters, let’s look at him when he arrived….

And now let’s look at the latest pictures just a few weeks before his 19th birthday….

Now, to be, that muscle building looks very similar to when a certain Cristiano Ronaldo arrived at Man United, and he was falling over his feet every time played for them. I think Martinelli is further advanced to the young Ronaldo, and any Premier League defenders should be very worried after seeing this pics.

He is starting to look like the bargain of the century right now…

This is an official pic, for comparison…..


  1. Sue says:

    He has beefed up, but that picture has been photoshopped surely!!!! He looks the incredible hulk!! Look at the size of those arms…….😆 wow……

    1. Skills1000 says:

      That was a photoshop for sure.
      How are you Sue?

      I think Arsenal should consider bringing back Aaron Ramsey from Juve. We really missed his goals and runs into the box. His energy and intelligent runs have been missed. Our present midfielders dont score goals. We are over reliant on Aubameyang. We need goal scoring midfielders. Gone are the days when we had Arshavin, Rosicky, Fabregas, Nasri, Denilson in the starting line up. Those guys were scoring goals for fun then.

      1. Gabo says:

        Why bring back a guy who spent so much time on the treatment table. Seriously?

      2. Sue says:

        I’m very well thanks, Skills, how about yourself?
        You’re right, we desperately need a goalscoring midfielder!! As for Rambo, and as much as I like him, he’s in our past… it’d be crazy to bring him back, seeing as we let him go for nowt!! But someone just like him – bar the injuries – will do just fine!! Any suggestions? 🙂

        1. Skills1000 says:

          Im fine Sue. Maybe we can look at Thomas Lemar or Nabil Fekir. I cant see the possibility of Coutinho coming to Arsenal.. We cant afford Coutinho.

          1. Sue says:

            I’d be happy with Fekir!

      3. Hristo says:

        Did I just see Denilson up there? Unbelievable….

        1. Skills1000 says:

          Hi Hristo. Denilson scored some goals for us. I mentioned him because he was part of the starting eleven then… Guendouzi should be loaned out. Same as Willock. They are not ready for the first team

      4. MOHAMMED, A . M says:

        Thank you my fellow Gunners for observations and recommendations. All our present midfielders have nothing to offer so therefore, we need Aaron Ramsey back from Juventus no matter the contract clause. Thanks

      5. jon fox says:


        1. Skills1000 says:

          Hi Jon. Funny. How are you? I just wish the club should focus on the midfield. It needs an overhaul. Defence and Attack are Ok. We nees more goals from midfield.

    2. Mogunna says:

      Oh yeah, Hulk, can’t wait to see Arsenal 11 fantastics on pitch.

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  3. Sunday ogbonna says:

    martinelli and pepe will a big hit for arsenal next season.

  4. B-O-T says:

    Pity Kroenke isn’t a fan of football and AFC. There could be an advantage to be had for a club with a loaded owner. Liv have a top side, they wont go too mad in the market. City have the ban to worry about and players will watch that space. Clubs will likely sell players that they wouldn’t want to sell, you could get some great players if you could take advantage of the current climate. A team in our position could make ground up on Liv if we had the backing. Manu will get another bite at it, but I think the people at AFC could do more – if they had the money that Manu always seems to have. I’d like to see Arteta, Edu and our top scout – getting the players that they want, if we had the money there could be some players available that we wouldn’t otherwise have gotten. Possibly.

  5. Olal Stephen says:

    I believe the best of Martineli is coming.

  6. Francis says:

    He will be a threat to any defender come next season

  7. Sue says:

    There’s only one colossus in the PL – Adama Traore!!

    1. Mogunna says:

      We need all team in the gym, make the a new version of the invicibles!

  8. Stan says:

    When I heard of his signing, I wasn’t impressed. But today, this guy has already proven his worth to the team.
    I love Gabby Martinelli.

  9. Thulani says:

    Wow…in fact on the 1st pic, his left hand looks handicapped…..bad photoshop!!

  10. Sirjoe says:

    Absolutely no need to Photoshop the original picture. It’s on arsenal website. He looks muscular for sure but not as much as depicted in this article.

  11. Mogunna says:

    Unfortunately we won’t see him as a regular starter even if Laca leaves.

    He is not a winger but a center forward. But we have Auba and Nketiah seems to be preferred in that role.

    If nketiah plays as CF, Auba is played on left wing, ahead of Gabby again.

    Beyond that, in all reality Saka is the best winger in our team and one of the best in the league today, in top 3.

    Overall, it is very little space for Martinelli to play regular football and it will not change unless we sell Auba. Same goes for our young talented midfield players; unless we offload likes of Torreira, Xhaka we won’t see much of Niles but fade away as he has.

    Tierny is back, would Arteta do Saka as Niles, bench him? Or will he play him on his winger role & flank?

    How many games did he start in his position in EPL? What about Martinelli and Niles.. None!

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