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Gabriel Martinelli
Gender Male
Ethnic Brazillian
Job Arsenal FC Footballer
  Brazillian Footballer
Desc Jurgen Klopp was reluctant to be overly critical of centre-halves Joe Gomez and Sepp van den Berg after Liverpool’s 5-5 draw with Arsenal in October: ‘[Gabriel Martinelli] is a talent of the century!’. As well as being a composed finisher, the 18-year-old Brazilian is also an industrious striker, with Arsenal coach Freddie Ljungberg enthusing that Martinelli is ‘like a Duracell bunny’ that never gives defenders a moment’s peace. Ronaldinho, meanwhile, has compared his compatriot to Ronaldo and the first teenager to hit double figures for Arsenal since Nicolas Anelka in 1998-99 certainly seems destined for superstardom

Affiliation

Club as Player Arsenal FC
  Ituano FC

2019 07 02 Retrieve

[Arsenal have completed the signing of Brazilian youngster Gabriel Martinelli, with the 18-year-old arriving at Emirates Stadium in a £6 million deal] It is a dream since I was a child and also my family’s dream for me to be playing in Europe and playing for a big team like Arsenal. I am going to take this opportunity. I am a player who gives his all at all times, I play as a team and always looking to win games and win trophies

I model my game on Cristiano Ronaldo, he is a player who works hard, pushing himself to the next level. Always in the run for titles and individual trophies. I look up to Cristiano Ronaldo, [Lionel] Messi and Neymar as they are players who can decide games and are very professional, who dedicate themselves to the whole game

[Quizzed on Arsenal’s Samba stars of the past] I know a few. I know Edu, Denilson and I know that they have a lot of history at the club. Edu, in particular, I had a little contact with him at Corinthians as I had a spell there and I know they had a lot of success here but also for the national team. I am going to try to follow the same route

2019 08 08 Retrieve

[Real Madrid and Barcelona have also looked at him - with the latter having invited the young forward over to spend some time training with them in Spain] It was one of the best experiences I’ve had in football. Besides being one of the biggest clubs in the world, the level of training is very high and it made me grow a lot in football.

[Describing himself, the teenager said] I play as an attacker, but not necessarily a forward. I consider myself more of the modern style, with speed and a lot of movement without the foot. I really like Cristiano Ronaldo, because I also don’t like to play with my back to the defender holding the ball, as in the old fashion forward. But if I have to, I also know how to play like that

2019 10 24 Retrieve

[Arsenal’s new Golden Boy: Phenomenal Martinelli is this season’s Guendouzi] It is a dream since I was a child and also my family’s dream for me to be playing in Europe and playing for a big team like Arsenal. I am going to take this opportunity

2019 11 09 Retrieve

[Gabriel Martinelli was halfway through his first day at Arsenal when he sat down in the canteen to eat his lunch] I’m eating there, Aubameyang arrives and sits next to me, speaking Portuguese to me, trying to communicate. The guy is so good and humble. I was like: ‘Man, Aubameyang, who I saw on the TV, came to talk to me!’ He gave me a lot of support

2019 12 19 Retrieve

[Martinelli reflects on Man Utd training sessions before Arsenal move] There was a project between Ituano and Manchester United, and they always took a player. And I always came for these trips. I could neither speak English nor French, but he [Pogba] said ‘tudo bem’ (a common Portuguese greeting) and took the picture with me nicely, he was super humble. Those training days were super important for me to adapt to the style of play, the players and how fast the game is here

[And the player himself admits that he wasted no time in agreeing to join the beaten Europa League finalists despite there being other offers on the table] I remember we played against Guarani, we won 2-1, and my agent called me. He said ‘you have to decide, so what?’. Then he said it was Arsenal. Then you think, one of the best clubs in Europe. I said yes, I couldn’t refuse. There were some approaches, but Arsenal came in strong, and I made the right choice to be here

[But Martinelli - who spent time training with Brazil’s squad ahead of the 2019 Copa America - insists he is yet to make a decision on his international future, though he suggested that it would be a ‘dream’ to represent the country of his birth] I’m Brazilian, of course everyone wants to play with that yellow shirt, listen to their people singing. But I can play for Italy too. I have nothing decided. Of course I want to play for Brazil, but I haven’t defined it yet. It can be one or the other

2020 02 03 Retrieve

[Gabriel Martinelli says that Arsenal blocked a call-up to Brazil’s Under-23 squad despite the attacker’s desire to represent his country] I said that if it was up to me I would play. But we knew it would be difficult. It was a time when I was a starter at Arsenal and people preferred not to let me go. He (Brazil general coordinator Juninho Paulista) called me, spoke to me and congratulated me on what I’m doing. I haven’t been called up yet, but I’m very calm about it. We talked a little after he went to the national team. He called me, said that this was the opportunity of my life, that I should give my best because things would go well

I have Italian citizenship from my father. So I have the option of playing for Brazil or Italy. But that’s just a consequence. I have to keep working here at Arsenal, and only then we will see what lies ahead

2020 02 07 Retrieve

[Arsenal revelation Martinelli admits to Barcelona snub] Shortly before the Sao Paulo Cup I spent a few days training in Barcelona. I spent 15 days there. Barcelona invited me to train with them in La Masia but afterwards they didn’t want to do anything with me, they didn’t tell me anything […] I went back to Ituano, I played Copinha and then I came to Arsenal

[Martinelli added on those he played alongside in Catalunya] They were all very good, I took full advantage and gave my best. To see how they train, know the structure of the club, the city … it was a dream come true. I even trained with Ansu Fati and we became friends. He helped me a lot there and is now playing in the main team. He is a boy who deserves everything that is happening to him. He is super humble and welcomed me really well there

My idol is Cristiano Ronaldo. I admire him very much for the strength of will he has, for the way he works and for everything […] for the individual and collective awards he earns. He is a guy who does not conform, he always wants more. That is what I want for myself: to always be conquering things. He is a great example of that

[It has been suggested that he may be given the chance to fill Ronaldo’s boots at Santiago Bernabeu] No, nothing has come to me. I am focused here doing my job at Arsenal and my head is here

2020 03 02 Retrieve

[Martinelli met Pogba but Man Utd missed their chance when it comes to exciting Arsenal star] There was a partnership between Ituano and Manchester United which allowed me to go there every year, for four years, to train with boys my age or older. That was nice, because I got a first taste of what English football was like. I met Marouane Fellaini, Patrice Evra and Paul Pogba, and made sure I got a photo with all of them. They didn’t make an offer, so I returned to Ituano and kept doing my job there

[Martinelli spent time at the famed La Masia academy in 2018, but no deal was done there either] I went in November 2018 and I was training in La Masia for two weeks. I was not lucky enough to meet any of the players of the first team because it was the international break. I could not see [Lionel] Messi. Everything in Europe was new to me and I was impressed with all the things they had in these great clubs: the gym, the number of pitches

2020 03 23 Retrieve

[Gabriel Martinelli outlines Champions League and domestic trophy ambitions] I want to win the Champions League and lots of domestic titles to make Arsenal’s fans very happy. They deserve the best - not only the supporters but all of the club’s staff. I’d like to give back to the club after everything they’ve done for me so far and, as a result, become a Gunners legend

[Arteta has steadied the ship since returning to the Emirates to coach the team he captained as a player] He’s been brilliant. He pays a lot of attention to moves and keeps pushing me to improve my game; not only in attack but defence, too. The boss is very wise tactically and incredibly helpful. He’s not an angry guy at all, but likes showing you exactly what to do on the pitch: ‘If the ball goes that way, don’t stay here, go there and turn your body that specific way.’ He has a keen eye for detail

2020 06 26 Retrieve

[Arsenal have revealed that Gabriel Martinelli will not figure for them again this season, with a knee injury bringing his campaign to a premature conclusion] Left knee. Sustained injury during training on 21 June. Successful arthroscopic procedure undertaken to repair a lesion in the cartilage of the left knee. Will not be available for the current schedule of remaining 2019-20 matches

[While having to report bad news when it comes to Martinelli, the outlook is more positive for the Gunners when it comes to Lucas Torreira] Right ankle. Sustained fracture to right ankle during Portsmouth (a) on 2 March. Progressing well and aiming to return to full training in the forthcoming days

[Pablo Mari is one of the club’s long-term absentees, with his update reading] Left ankle. Sustained significant sprain to ankle ligaments during Manchester City (a) on Wednesday. Has had a successful procedure to the injury this week. Aiming to return to full training in two to three months

[Bernd Leno is also facing up to an extended spell out of action, with the German goalkeeper having been laid low during a frustrating defeat at Brighton] Right knee. Sustained moderate ligament sprain during Brighton & Hove (a) on 20 June. Aiming to return to full training in four to six weeks

2020 07 16 Retrieve

[Gabriel Martinelli: Arsenal striker ruled out until end of 2020 after knee surgery] [Martinelli is] currently recovering in a knee brace after his operation, which took place during the last week of June. Surgery was successful, with consultants and our medical team very encouraged with Gabi’s current progress at this stage of his recovery. [He] will continue his recovery throughout the close season, with the aim of a return to full training by the end of 2020. He will return to the UK later in July to resume his rehabilitation at our training centre throughout the close season, with the aim of returning to full training in September