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Mikel Arteta on why Gabriel Martinelli isn’t getting minutes:
“Well, he needs to keep working and making it difficult for us,” Arteta said.
“He is a player that is going to give us a lot, but we need some time to find the right games for him and the right connections with him on the pitch so that he can do what he does best.
“But the way he is and the way he trains every day, he is going to be a really important player for us, no doubt.
“But, when you have many options, it is difficult when you look for certain qualities in certain games.”
Gabriel Martinelli factfile
- Full name: Gabriel Teodoro Martinelli Silva
- Date of birth: 18 June, 2001 (19)
- Place of birth: Guarulhos
- Country of birth: Brazil
- Passports: Brazil, Italy (through his father)
- Work permit status: Not needed
- Contract until: 2024 with option to 2025
- Last contract signed: 3 July 2020
- Fee: £6.03m
- Value: £22.5m (13/10/20)
- Wages: £1.56m-per-year/£30k-per-week
- Position: Left wing
- Secondary positions: Centre forward, right wing
- Squad number: 35
- Foot: Right
- Height: 1.8m/5′ 9″
- Non-competitive Arsenal debut: 2 July, 2019, scored in 3-0 win vs Colorado Rapids
- Arsenal debut: 84th minute sub, 11 August, 2019 vs Newcastle United in the Premier League, replacing Henrikh Mykhitaryan
- Full Arsenal debut: 24 September, 2019, scored a brace in 5-0 win vs Nottingham Forest in the EFL Cup. Martinelli also scored a brace in his next start, a 4-0 win vs Standard Liege at the Emirates in the Europa League. Calum Chambers assisted both.
- First senior Brazil callup: 20 May, 2019
- First senior Brazil cap: Awaiting
- Number of appearances Brazil u23s: 1
- Previous clubs: Ituano (2015-2019, 34 appearances, 10 goals), Corinthians Futsal team (2010-2014)
Gabriel Martinelli injury history
He’s still only young so Gabriel Martinelli’s injury history isn’t too lengthy. Let’s hope it stays that way.
|Injury||Date injured||Return||Days injured||Games missed|
|Total games missed||Knock||20/2/20||25/2/20||5||1|
Gabriel Martinelli 19/20 stats
Martinelli arrived in the summer of 2019 and signed a new deal with the club at the start of July, 2020.
His new Arsenal deal reportedly takes him to 2024, with a club option to extend to 2025.
No-one predicted how quickly he would become a first-team regular, so his previous wages reflected that. Reports in early 2020 suggested he was ‘only’ earning £10,000-a-week.
It is believed Martinelli now earns £30kpw with his new Arsenal deal.
The scout who helped discover Gabriel Martinelli explains the full story behind Arsenal’s decision to sign the amazing young Brazilian.
Speaking to the Arsenal en América podcast, the scout who helped discover Gabriel Martinelli explained the process behind Arsenal’s eventual move for the player.
“We have a scout in Brazil, he told me about Gabriel,” Johnathan Vidalle began. “Later, Francis Cagigao asked for my opinion and I travelled to Brazil to see him.
“Everton Gushiken liked him, he had some doubts about some characteristics, he didn’t know if he could make it in the Premier League, but they were normal doubts, about his mentality.
“I travelled to see him. We try to see players live on the pitch and I liked him. Obviously he was playing in a fourth-tier team, Ituano, but he was competing against Palmeiras in the Paulista championship. I went to see him against Santos and against Ponte Preta.
“I was surprised by the mentality he has, how competitive he was. Gabriel played as a winger, always played as a winger.”
Of course, Cagigao has now left Arsenal, purged in the latest cull after decades at the club.
“Francis is very capable and forceful, sometimes one becomes convinced after seeing a player 10 or 15 times,” Vidalle added. “He only needs a weekend, he has a very good eye. He has a high organisational level and great man management, he is very capable.”
Martinelli, however, is hopefully only at the beginning of his Arsenal journey and the knee injury that has him sidelined until the end of the calendar year merely a small bump along the way.
Gabriel Martinelli’s eye-catching workrate
One of the first things most of us noticed about Martinelli was his workrate. Even during his non-competitive debut against Colorado Rapids, he was racing around, closing players down and winning the ball back.
Then, when he got his opportunity in that match, he took it. It was that combination of hard work and end product that drew Arsenal to him in the first place.
“I was impressed by his ability to repeat efforts and not only in the attacking part of the pitch,” Vidalle continued.
“He helped with the left-back, which is a bit what he has done now at Arsenal. He finished those sprints with the same speed and lucidity with which he started.
“Like in the goal against Chelsea, he had a little luck because the defender slipped, but he finished well.
“That competitiveness and that way of working are important for the Premier League, especially for the wingers, who have to be fast and help on the defensive side.
“The Premier League is very difficult, it is difficult to adapt to. We knew that winger is his position, but as false 9 he moves very well.”
Martinelli’s record speaks for itself at this point, like that of casinomir.com where you can explore the magical world of casinos.
26 appearances and 15 starts into his Arsenal career, he has 10 goals and four assists. All that before he turned 19, including goals at Stamford Bridge and Anfield and a brace (plus assist) against Standard Liege when Arsenal won 4-0.
In the Europa League, he scored three goals and grabbed three assists in just seven games, only three of which he started. In the League cup, Martinelli scored four in two, averaging a goal every 45 minutes. He started both of those games.
The young Brazilian certainly isn’t shying away from the limelight or showing any problems with his ‘mentality’.
The teenager did drop out of Mikel Arteta’s Premier League team just before the league shutdown due to his knee injury and it will, unfortunately, be a while until we see him again.
Martinelli feel like a player that will be worth waiting on, though, doesn’t he?
You can read the full interview on Arseblog where he posted a transcript, translated from Spanish. The interview took place in April, when this article was first published. It has been updated to reflect Martinelli’s injury severity, add stats, and details about Francis Cagigao departure and Vidalle’s comments about him.
Gabriel Martinelli picked up a knee injury in training that required surgery but finally returned to first-team action for Arsenal on 19 December.
Gabriel Martinelli came off the bench in Arsenal’s latest defeat, a surprise inclusion after only one run-out with the u23s.
He had been expected to play with the Academy side against Leicester on Friday night but when he wasn’t named in that squad we all hoped he would be included in the first-team squad, while simultaneously crossing everything we had that we weren’t rushing him back too quickly.
In all, the Brazilian played 19 minutes, plus the five added. In that time, he managed to get off a shot, something that’s not as easy as it sounds in this Arsenal team.
Before Saturday, Gabriel Martinelli last played for the Gunners on 2 March 2020 as Arsenal beat Portsmouth 2-0 at Fratton Park to make the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.
The 19-year-old started that game and played the full 90 minutes and, in total, he started 15 games in his first season with Arsenal, playing the full 90 12 times.
After the game against Pompey, Martinelli picked up a cartilage problem in his left knee during training that required arthroscopic surgery to repair the lesion.
The procedure took place in the last week of June, nearly four months after his injury, indicating the club had hoped to avoid medical intervention.
Gabriel was still in a knee brace at the end of July and was not expected to return to full training until the end of 2020 with a return to playing action in 2021.
His early return has been a cherry on top of this sh*t cupcake of a year.
Martinelli, if you missed it, has also launched his official Twitter account.
Speaking on TV while home in Brazil, Martinelli said, “On 21st June I got hurt in training and I had surgery and for a month I couldn’t even put my foot on the floor- but for the last week I have been able to. I’ve started to walk again, doing the basics and re-learning how to walk.”
Gabriel Martinelli signed a new contract with Arsenal in July 2020, so how much do Arsenal pay him?
Martinelli, of course, was already under contract with the club for the long term. He only joined in the summer of 2019, and, depending on which source you believe, either had a contract to 2023 or 2024.
His new deal reportedly takes him to 2024, with a club option to extend to 2025.
That make it the joint longest contract at Arsenal right along with seven others who joined Martinelli in being contracted until 2024 (Cedric Soares, Pablo Mari, Kieran Tierney, Nicolas Pepe, Bukayo Saka, William Saliba).
When he first arrived, he signed a deal worth a reported £10kpw but Arsenal are believed to have upped that to around £30kpw, the same as they offered Bukayo Saka, although his pay increase was significantly more than Martinelli’s in terms of what he was on before.
Back in January, it was reported that Arsenal wanted to triple Martinelli’s wages to fend off interest from other clubs including Real Madrid, and it seems that’s exactly what they’ve done.
The young forward is currently sidelined with a knee injury that has ended his 19/20 season far too early.
Before that, he had scored 10 goals, with four assists, in just 1,463 minutes. That’s a goal every 146 minutes (Aubameyang scores every 143) and a direct goal involvement every 104.5 minutes.
For Auba, his DGI rate is 131.4.
Not bad for a teenager who arrived as ‘one for the future’.
Gabriel Martinelli interview
“I’m feeling very well, I’m regaining confidence and I can feel my knee is better,” Martinelli told Arsenal.com in October. “After an injury like this you are kind of scared to force the knee again but the past couple of weeks it has been fine and soon I can start training with the ball.
“I think we have an excellent squad and along with Mikel’s forward thinking and winning mentality we can carry on doing well.
“We are playing well and training well, everyone wants to win and we are all giving everything. I believe this season is very promising. We won trophies last season and I believe we can win this season again and also qualify for the Champions League.”
Leno: Martinelli can be world class – he’s already a leader
Gabriel Martinelli has all the attributes to be a world-class player in the future, according to Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
Bernd Leno appeared on Soccer AM this weekend, and he spoke about his new teammate Gabriel Martinelli.
The two are probably up there with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka as Arsenal’s players of the season so far, and Leno has a lot of praise for the Brazilian teenager.
“I think he can become a world-class player,” Leno told Soccer AM.
“World-class, 100 per cent, because he has talent, he has quality 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! At 18 years old, he came from nowhere, nobody knew him before and to play like this, and to behave like this, it’s very good to see.
“I think if he keeps doing like this, he will be an unbelievable player.”
Martinelli scored 10 goals and four assists in his first season with Arsenal so far. With 11-13 games left to go, the 18-year-old could easily hit 20 goal contributions before the end of his debut campaign in England.
It’s hard to remember many young signings having that kind of impact at Arsenal immediately. Occasionally a player will make an impressive jump up from the youth teams, like Saka this season, but coming from Brazil to do it is another matter.
That’s a testament to the way Martinelli is applying himself in England. He’s working hard, he’s taking his chances and he’s giving Arsenal fans something to get excited about.