Gabriel Martinelli says he wants to try and be a legend at Arsenal, after settling in well at the club so far.
Martinelli has made a flying start to life in North London, scoring four goals and assisting one in four appearances, with just two starts so far.
The 18-year-old’s only played 33 minutes of Premier League football, but he’s impressed in those cameos too. He recently made a team-high four tackles against Bournemouth despite playing less than a third of the match.
That’s part of what makes Martinelli so easy to love, the fact he works so hard in and out of possession. He spoke to Correspondentes Premier after the Bournemouth game about his experience as an Arsenal player so far (translated by AllWeHold).
“I have to thank God for this opportunity, the gaffer and the team gave me a big welcome and I’m trying to get opportunities and do the best I can with them,” Martinelli said.
“I have to be patient since I’m young and the gaffer talked to me saying I should be patient and wait for the chances, because they will come. I’m very happy, and I thank god a lot for this.”
On settling in at the club, Martinelli insists that everyone is doing their part to make him feel welcome, but he understandably has the best relationship with the Spanish-speakers and Brazilian David Luiz.
“It’s easier for the Spaniards and David, even though everyone tries to help me a little bit. Emi (Martinez) picks me up from home, he is a good friend. [Adapting has] been okay since I have Emi and David and everyone supporting me, I’m really fine!”
As for the future, Martinelli had a simple statement that the fans will be happy to hear: “I want to make my career here and try to be a legend.”
If the winger-turned-centre-forward keeps contributing to as many goals as he has been so far, he’ll have no trouble making an excellent career with the club.