Gabriel Martinelli’s former club, Ituano, has hit out at a Brazilian journalist for forgetting about them as he hailed the Arsenal teenager.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 30: Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his team's third goal during the Carabao Cup Round of 16 match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on October 30, 2019 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 30: Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his team’s third goal during the Carabao Cup Round of 16 match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on October 30, 2019 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Jorge Nicola tweeted on 2 November to post a video detailing the history of Martinelli, and added, “The story of Gabriel Martinelli, the new Brazilian phenomenon. He already surpassed Neymar, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho, Gabriel Jesus, Robinho … The boy who was from Corinthians almost moved to Palmeiras in January and is now disputed by CBF and Italy.”

As you can see, he made no mention o Ituano, the club he was playing for when Arsenal signed him.

His former club couldn’t just let it slide…

Their reply stated, “Another journalist who wants visibility and audience using the headlines Corinthians and Palmeiras. Unfortunately, that is not what good journalism is about.”

Martinelli wasn’t with the club from Itu for very long but it was enough for Arsenal to take a chance on him and it’s no surprise they’re annoyed at being ignored.

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