Former Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez seems to have been impressed with Gabriel Martinelli’s efficiency in opposition to Leeds United final night time. The Gunners reached the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup after objectives from Calum Chambers and Eddie Nketiah helped them ease to a 2-0 victory. Mikel Arteta’s aspect are actually undefeated in eight video games in all competitions and at last look as if they’re constructing in direction of one thing on the Emirates Stadium. Nevertheless, Martinelli has had a tough time of late. With Arsenal’s lack of European competitors, the 20-year-old has struggled for sport time thus far this season, however he’ll be hoping to proceed bettering when given the possibility to take action.
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If he can get firing on all cylinders, Arsenal might have discovered themselves a particular expertise – no less than in response to Martinez, that is. Martinelli took to Instagram to have his say on the Leeds victory, as he captioned a submit: “Love enjoying, love profitable.” Martinez, who performed with Martinelli at Arsenal earlier than shifting to Aston Villa in the summertime of 2020, replied “Fenómeno”. The remark might or might not have been a reference to Ronaldo Nazario – one among Brazil’s biggest ever gamers – who was properly generally known as ‘O Fenómeno’.
If that certainly was Martinez’s intention, then it would not have been the primary time somebody in contrast the Arsenal teenager to the previous Real Madrid and Barcelona star. In truth, one other Brazilian legend in Ronaldinho, who performed alongside Ronaldo with the nationwide workforce that received the World Cup in 2002, has already predicted a brilliant future for Martinelli. Speaking in January of final yr, as per the Mirror, he mentioned: “We as Brazilians are very enthusiastic about him and his future. It is one factor to have the expertise, however one other on the age of 18 to have the boldness. “He jogs my memory of Ronaldo. His first season in Europe, he scored 30 objectives and other people had been considering: ‘‘who is that this 18-year-old Brazilian child?’ He wished the ball, he would run at gamers, there was no concern it doesn’t matter what gamers or workforce he was enjoying in opposition to – and I see that related perspective in Martinelli. “He simply desires to be on the ball and rating objectives. Ronaldo went on to be the most effective participant on the planet, and that can even be the intention of Martinelli.” The Arsenal ahead has an extended technique to go to succeed in these heights, but when Arteta and the Gunners can get the most effective out of him, they will definitely reap the rewards.