Gabriel Martinelli joined Arsenal back in the summer of 2019 from Brazilan side Ituano. The Brazilain winger showed his prospect early on after his switch. But the youngster never quite managed to cement his place in the starting lineup. On top of that, constant injury layoffs mean that the entire football world questioned whether the winger could ever reach his high ceiling.
But this term, things finally seem to be turning in favor of the Brazilain winger. Martinelli has made a total of 23 appearances across all competitions. In this time he has recorded four goals and three assists. (stats via Transfermarkt) For once in his Arsenal career, he has looked settled and on form day in and day out.
Gabriel Martinelli’s verdict on Arsenal’s current season and the future
Talking to ESPN Brasil about the current season and the club’s future, Martinelli said:
“We have a young group, we have a lot of time ahead of us, players with a lot of quality, I think we will achieve great things. Our focus is the Champions League. Fighting for that top four. A club like Arsenal has to be in the Champions League. It’s our total focus,”
“We always want more. Of course, Arsenal are a giant team. If I can, I’ll stay here my whole life. I want to conquer things, as I said, I want to stay here and win titles, with these wonderful fans, my teammates.”
He also talked about the difficulties he faced after moving to such a big club at such a young age. Martinelli also talked about leaving his hometown and the different weather in the two countries and the difference in the level of football, he said:
“It was a giant leap for me. I was at Ituano, I lived in Itu, and I came to play at Arsenal, living in London. It was a little complicated, but my family was always with me, they always helped me at all times, off and on the pitch as well. At the club, I always had Emi’s support as well.
“He helped a lot, he always helped me. His wife speaks Portuguese, so does he. He was very important to me, he helped me adapt to the club, to the country. With my family here, it became a little easier. But it was a big leap, it was just a bit of a good one.
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