Gabriel Martinelli has been one of the top players in the Premier League for attacking involvements this season, according to the stats.
Focusing on open-play opportunities, Opta data from The Analyst shows that Martinelli has taken 19 shots, created 15 chances, and been involved in the build-up to a shot on 12 occasions, giving him an open-play Attacking Sequence Involvement total of 46 chances.
Only Kevin De Bruyne (also 46) can match that total in the entire Premier League.
If we look purely at open-play chance creation, Martinelli has 22 chances + secondary chances this season – where “secondary chances” means the final pass to a player who creates a chance.
Once again, that puts the Brazilian up with the very best in the league, only behind Mohamed Salah (24) and De Bruyne (23). Though he’s only one ahead of his Arsenal teammate Granit Xhaka (21), and four ahead of Gabriel Jesus (18).
Arsenal are clearly doing well at spreading their chance creation around the team right now.
Having said that, it’s clear that Martinelli is hitting another level right now, even if the goal contribution stats don’t quite reflect that yet.
Martinelli has three goals in his first seven games of the Premier League campaign, which isn’t a bad total at all. It would look even better if his excellent finish against Manchester United hadn’t been controversially ruled out for an incident that had nothing to do with him.
On the assist side, Martinelli has racked up 2.0 expected assists without any actual assists to his name this season. So he’s creating very well, his teammates just haven’t supplied the finishes so far.
If Martinelli can keep those underlying numbers going in the coming months, you’d expect plenty of goals and assists to follow.