Freddie Ljungberg says he’s “extremely excited” about 19-year-old Arsenal star
Freddie Ljungberg has claimed that Arsenal fans should be excited about their talented youngster Gabriel Martinelli, who popped up with a vital goal on Wednesday in the victory against Crystal Palace.
The Gunners go into the final day of the Premier League season this weekend knowing they could still squeeze into the European positions if results go their way.
Mikel Arteta’s side recorded a 3-1 win in midweek at Selhurst Park, but the game looked destined for a draw until the closing stages.
With the game level, Arsenal substitute Martinelli scored in the 91st minute to put the north London club ahead sparking wild celebrations.
Nicolas Pepe netted his second goal of the game in stoppage time to make the scoreline look more convincing, but it was Brazilian attacker Martinelli who stepped up when they were crying out for a hero.
Pundit and ex-Arsenal star Ljungberg claimed in his post-match comments that Martinelli is someone that supporters should have high hopes for.
Additionally, he’s said that the 19-year-old’s attitude is a dream for a manager due to the fact he’s desperate to make an impact off the bench.
“‘He’s very special and he’s a lovely boy as well,” Ljungberg told BT Sport 1 (9:12pm, 19 May).
“You hear how he speaks, of course he’s disappointed he’s not starting, it’s been a while.
“He does so well but he’s saying I’m always ready when he wants me and it’s a dream for a manager to have.
“He has that instinct, he just gets there and he reads it so well. It’s not what you learn in a book. He has that feeling and he will score a lot of goals in his career.
“I’m extremely excited about him, he’s not what you see every day, he has that feeling when he goes and something different happens.
“He’ll score more goals than you maybe think he will score and I remember last season, great headers, and there were all kinds of goals from him it’s more about his intuition and where he wants to be and they [fans] should be excited.”
Unfortunately, Martinelli has not played recently anywhere near as much as someone with his quality should.
The forward never sulks though, something many others would do, and showed great character to be the match-winner against Palace.
He showed serious composure with a delicate touch to go past the goalkeeper before tapping into the empty net, and there is no doubt that he’s got a calmness in the penalty box when it comes to his finishing.
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