The Brazilian teenager’s arrival came out of the blue and Arsenal fans got to see him in action as soon as the opening day away to Newcastle when he was brought on as a substitute.
Martinelli got his first goals for the club tonight in their 5-0 hammering of Nottingham Forest in the EFL Cup with a header following a great team move and a solo strike from range after getting beyond a few defenders.
Here’s a closer look at the 18-year-old attacker.
Player bio 📊
- Age: 18
- Club: Arsenal
- Position: Wide forward
- Estimated transfer value: €15m
What’s Martinelli’s story so far? 🇧🇷
Martinelli has shone for Brazil at various youth levels. The Arsenal move was expected to be confirmed for some time, but it was delayed because of his age and the need to coincide the official announcement with Arsenal’s launch of their new Adidas kit.
It’s been a while since The Gunners made a foray into the South American market for young talent, and the club’s faithful will hope that they have an exciting player on their hands. The early signs certainly look promising.
Playing style & strengths 🥊
Martinelli is a direct, goal-scoring winger who likes to cut inside and shoot off the left flank with his preferred right foot. He’s quick, likes to dribble and is a talented ball-carrier who’s always forward-thinking.
He was the second-top scorer with six goals in the São Paulo state championship and helped Ituano into the quarterfinals.
Martinelli is still learning the game and must understand when to release the ball and not hold onto it when the better option is to pass. He will need to improve physically, too, as the demands of the Premier League are on another level to Brazil’s state championships.
Social media 📱
2 – Gabriel Martinelli is the first Brazilian to score a brace for Arsenal since Julio Baptista against Spurs in January 2007. Angel. pic.twitter.com/PVdoPK39jh
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 24, 2019
Check out Martinelli’s first goal for the club via Arsenalist and here’s his second:
There’s a reason Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus and United wanted Gabriel Martinelli. Deep it, the guy just turned 18.
The heir to Auba’s throne.
— 🅿️1⃣ (@P1AFC) September 24, 2019
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