‘Positive’ Martinelli Wants To Take Arsenal Chance
Arsenal forward Gabriel Martinelli has credited his good start to life in North London with a positive mental attitude.
The Brazilian arrived from little-known Brazilian club Ituano in the summer and has impressed with three goals in two starts for the Gunners.
Poised for another opportunity against Vitoria Guimarães in the Europa League tonight, the 18-year old wants to take his chance again.
“I've always known I would be a footballer. My family & I always believed I could do it. They boosted my confidence & have supported me, no matter what.
“If I didn’t believe in myself, I could never achieve my goals - that’s how I think. I always have positive thoughts before a match, & always try to visualise myself playing well so that I can help my teammates to win the game.
“That’s something my family taught me to do, to be positive & make the most of the opportunities you’re given.” Martinelli also recalls first hearing of Arsenal’s interest.
“I remember being so happy. It was not only my dream but my family’s. I’d always worked so hard to make the next step in my career, so to be told Arsenal wanted to bring me to England to play in the Premier League... that was incredible.
“My first day was crazy. It was so surreal & kind of a shock really. I was so impressed with everything.
“When I saw everyone, it took me a bit of time to realise what was happening to me. I got a little shy because I only saw these players on television & video games. “People that know me will tell you I always give my absolute best. In a way, English football is suited to me because there’s a lot of passion.
“I’m proud Arsenal put its trust in me, so I'll always give my all to help this team reach the top. That’s where it belongs.”