Arsenal assistant manager Steve Round thinks Gabriel Martinelli is a 'diamond'
In the latest instalment of All or Nothing: Arsenal, Mikel Arteta’s assistant, Steve Round, is seen raving about ‘diamond’ Gabriel Martinelli to the club’s technical director, Edu Gaspar.
The young Brazilian joined the Gunners as a teenager back in 2019. Nobody expected him to even play for the first team that season, but Unai Emery saw something in him to give him opportunities in the Europa League and the domestic cup competitions.
Martinelli took his chances and became a fan favourite. He scored 10 goals in all competitions in his debut season, which is not usual at all for an 18-year-old, especially for someone who played in the fourth tier of Brazilian football in the previous campaign.
Injuries have troubled Martinelli since, but many at Arsenal are expecting big things for him, including Round, who absolutely loves him.
Steve Round says Arsenal star Gabriel Martinelli is a diamond
Episodes 4,5 and 6 of Arsenal’s Amazon documentary came out last night, and one of the scenes shows Round and Edu having a chat about young Martinelli.
Round made it clear that he’s a big fan of the Brazilian.
He said in All or Nothing: Arsenal: “He’s training well.
“Edu, I love him. Honestly, I love him. He just needs time, that’s all.
“He is a great kid, trains every day like it’s his last day on Earth. He’s a diamond.”
Martinelli is a truly spectacular talent, we all know that, but it’s time for him to take his game to the next level.
Since his incredible 10-goal debut campaign, Martinelli has managed to score just nine more times for the Gunners in two years. That return really doesn’t do justice to his incredible talent, which is why he needs to have a big season.
The 21-year-old has started this season well. He scored in Arsenal’s opening game against Crystal Palace, and if pre-season is anything to go by, it looks like he is Arteta’s first choice for that left-wing role at the Emirates.
Arsenal take on Leicester City on Saturday, and Martinelli will be hoping to find the net again.
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