Mikel Arteta reveals how Gabriel Martinelli ‘surprised’ him
Mikel Arteta reveals how Gabriel Martinelli ‘surprised’ him
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Mikel Arteta reveals how Gabriel Martinelli ‘surprised’ him

After joining Arsenal from Manchester City back in December, Mikel Arteta has revealed he was surprised by Gabriel Martinelli's abilities.

Before leaving City as Pep Guardiola's assistant back in December, Arteta says he heard rumors about the talent of Brazilian teenage forward Martinelli.

The -18-year-old joined Arsenal from Brazilian side Ituano in the summer transfer window and has impressed, scoring back to back league goals against Sheffield United and Chelsea.

Arteta revealed that he was surprised by Martinelli's abilities, "I heard a lot of things about Gabby before I joined and the moment I saw him training it confirmed all the things I was told.

"I was told, 'You will see this kid, how he goes for every ball, his fighting spirit and the quality that every time he is in front of goal he’s a threat'.

"I was told I would be surprised how prepared he is to compete with every player in the squad. I just thought, 'Yes, but he’s 18'. But when you see him in big games, how he goes about everything, it’s surprising.

"The way he competes, how brave he is with every decision he makes on the field is very unusual for an 18-year-old."

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