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Martin Keown describes Arsenal star Gabriel Martinelli as ‘a nightmare’

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Martin Keown describes Arsenal star Gabriel Martinelli as ‘a nightmare’

Martin Keown has told BT Sport’s coverage of Arsenal’s 2-1 win over AFC Bournemouth in the fourth round of the FA Cup that Gabriel Martinelli is “a nightmare” to defend against, heaping praise on the Brazilian teenager.

Despite making five changes to his side to take on Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth, Mikel Arteta watched his side completely dominate the first half. They took a 2-0 advantage into the break, thanks to goals from Bukayo Saka and Eddie Nketiah.

Saka lashed home an effort from 10 yards out and the man-of-the-match also played in Nketiah to score from close range. Bournemouth improved in the second half, but Sam Surridge’s injury-time goal proved to be just a consolation strike.

After the match, Gunners legend Keown heaped praise on £6million summer signing (Goal) Martinelli. Although the Brazilian did not score, he stood out as a player bang in form and nabbed an assist for Saka’s goal.

“He’s so mature for a player so young. He has skill, vision- he’s always on the move. He is a nightmare for defenders to mark and he certainly has been a bargain,” Keown said.

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TBR’s view – Martinelli can become an Arsenal great

For Arsenal fans, the signing of Martinelli has been an enormous shining light in what has been a pretty dull season. Signed as a prospect for the future and unlikely to have much of an impact this season, Martinelli has taken to life at Arsenal.
 
Six months later, and the Brazilian ace is already in double digits. It must be remembered that Arsenal’s number 35 – who can play up front, has the creativity of a 10 and can do a job out wide – is still only 18.
For £6million, Arsenal may have just landed one of their future greats – for a seven-figure fee.

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