Gabriel Martinelli has lavished praise on ‘brilliant’ Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and has outlined his plans to become a ‘legend’ at the club.
The teenage forward arrived at Arsenal from Brazilian side Ituano last summer and was expected to be one for the future, but has quickly made an immediate impression in English football scoring 10 times in all competitions.
Martinelli’s impact has been a huge positive in a difficult season for the north London side, Arsenal languishing in mid-table in the Premier League at present and facing the likely possibility of a fourth consecutive season without Champions League football.
However, Arteta’s arrival as the successor to the sacked Unai Emery has coincided with an upturn in both performances and results, and Martinelli is feeling optimistic about the club’s future, admitting he is desperate to win titles with the Gunners.
"The second one [best youngster] I'm going for is Martinelli. He is a proper player, I think he'll be a major player in world football in years to come."
– Rio Ferdinand pic.twitter.com/xbdWUkFZRa
— AFTV (@AFTVMedia) March 23, 2020
“I want to win the Champions League and lots of domestic titles to make Arsenal’s fans very happy,” Martinelli told FourFourTwo magazine.
“They deserve the best – not only the supporters but all of the club’s staff. I’d like to give back to the club after everything they’ve done for me so far and, as a result, become a Gunners legend.”
Martinelli has also opened up on his relationship with new head coach Arteta, hailing the Spaniard’s impact since arriving at the Emirates and praising the manager’s ‘keen eye for detail’.
“He’s been brilliant. He pays a lot of attention to moves and keeps pushing me to improve my game; not only in attack but defence, too,” said Martinelli.
“The boss is very wise tactically and incredibly helpful. He’s not an angry guy at all, but likes showing you exactly what to do on the pitch: ‘If the ball goes that way, don’t stay here, go there and turn your body that specific way.’ He has a keen eye for detail.”