Arteta Admits Martinelli Surprise
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says he was told good things about Brazilian teenager Gabriel Martinelli prior to taking up the manager’s position at Arsenal- but admits that he has still been surprised by the teenager’s talent.
“I think the way he competes and how brave he is in every single decision he makes is very unusual for an 18-year old. He competed with one of the best defenders in the league in Azpiliecueta and he got at him every time he got a chance.
“I was told about his fighting spirit, how he goes for every ball, that he has great quality and every time he is in front of goal he is a threat.
“I was told ‘you will be surprised about how prepared he is to fight against every player in the squad.’ I thought, ‘yeah ok, he is 18’, but when you see him in big games and how he goes about everything, it is surprising.”
Martinelli has 10 goals for the Gunners this season, becoming the first teenager to hit double figures in a season for the club since Nicolas Anelka in 1998-99.