Following his brace in the 4-0 win over Standard Liege, Gabriel Martinelli proved Unai Emery wrong after the Arsenal manager claimed he was wrong to play him as a striker.
Martinelli’s quick-fire brace set the Gunners on their way before Joe Willock extended the advantage going into the break. Martinelli then turned provider in the second half dinking a cross for Dani Ceballos to score his first goal for the club.
The Brazilian has now scored four goals in two starts for Arsenal despite Emery claiming he was playing him in an unfamiliar position as a striker.
Speaking after the match, Emery heaped praise on Martinelli after playing him as a striker, "He played in the pre-season with us and every training he showed us he's hungry to be with us and to have the opportunity to show his capacity. His patience is amazing.
"In pre-season he played in many positions, above all he prefers to play left-winger, he also played as a right-winger. I am using him as a striker because he played in that position in Brazil.
"It's not the best position for him but the first thing in his mind is to help us and to achieve, with that opportunity, some minutes with us. Really, for example, I think his performance and aptitude were amazing tonight."
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