June 12, 2021

Arsenal fans react to eye-catching Gabriel Martinelli training ground footage

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Gabriel Martinelli’s sensational start to life at Arsenal in the 2019/20 season was followed up with a difficult 2020/21 campaign, with the Brazilian only enjoying a real run of games as the season drew to a close and the Gunners had little left to play for.

He ended the campaign in fine form, notching a last-gasp winner in Arsenal’s penultimate game of the season and he has shown no signs of slowing down while away on international duty.

Martinelli was selected by Brazil for their Olympic 2020 side and has been exhibiting the kind of form in training for his country that Gunners fans will love to see.

Brazil’s official twitter account released a video that showcases Martinelli’s best qualities, harrying the opposition at break-neck speed while boasting a composure in front of goal well-beyond his years.

The short clip went down well with Arsenal fans, though many of them opted to sarcastically imply the Gunners should ‘buy him’, knowing full well he is already a Gunners player that has been simply starved of playing time.

@YankeeGunner wrote how “Martinelli seems like one to watch”, while @CalArsenal replied to the tweet with “He might be quite good that boy maybe we should play him.”

Martinelli bagged a last-gasp winner away at Crystal Palace near the end of the season (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
Martinelli bagged a last-gasp winner away at Crystal Palace near the end of the season (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Another Arsenal fan went one further and implied Martinelli’s training ground talent reminded him of Gunners record goal-scorer Thierry Henry, with @BenzoFerrari writing: “Just training, but these finishes remind me of a certain Arsenal icon who liked to bend it into that particular area….”.

One Gunners fan quipped: “Hope our scouts are wat…oops!”

It was a dismal first full season at the helm for boss Mikel Arteta, who was criticised for a number of his decisions, including his reluctance to use Martinelli on a regular basis.

Gabriel Martinelli has been banging in the goals in Brazil training (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
Gabriel Martinelli has been banging in the goals in Brazil training (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

The Arsenal manager was forced to comment on the fact he had used the 19-year-old so sparingly throughout the season, with Arteta explaining: “When the team is not winning enough football matches, we always look for someone else to do it. But we can name a few of those.

“I respect that, and Gabi is doing really well. He is doing better every day, he is getting the right development.

“We have to be a little bit patient with him but he has a bright future at the club and he will have all the opportunities that he needs to show us how good he is and the career he can have with us.”

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