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Leno backs Martinelli to be ‘world class’ and reveals Brazilians ‘biggest strength’

Bernd Leno has backed Gabriel Martinelli to become ‘world class’ at Arsenal, praising the young forward’s mentality as his ‘biggest strength’.

Martinelli has emerged as one of the Premier League‘s most exciting talents during an impressive debut season in English football, the 18-year-old making a big impression in an otherwise disappointing season for the north London side.

The Brazilian was tipped as one for the future following a £6m move from Ituano last summer, but he has settled quickly and has scored 10 goals in all competitions for the Gunners.

Arsenal goalkeeper Leno has been impressed by the rapid development of his teenage teammate and has praised Martinelli’s qualities, backing the forward to establish himself as one of the world’s best should he continue his current progress in the coming seasons.

“He can become a world class player. World class 100 per cent because he has talent, he has quality,” the Arsenal keeper told Soccer AM.

“But I think his biggest strength is his mentality. He is working unbelievably (hard).

“I remember in our bad time when we struggled a lot, he was working so hard, he was one of the leaders and at 18 years old he came from nowhere, nobody knew him before and to play like this, to behave like this, is very good to see

“I think if he keeps going like this he will be an unbelievable player.”

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