Arsenal youngster Gabriel Martinelli today opened on a whole host of topics, including his current fitness levels, during an in-depth interview.
Versatile attacker Martinelli only made the move to the Emirates last summer, from his home country of Brazil.
With Arsenal having also secured the high-profile additions of the likes of Dani Ceballos, Kieran Tierney and Nicolas Pepe, though, Martinelli’s arrival slipped somewhat under the radar.
The campaign that ensued, however, arguably saw the South American prodigy stand out as the most consistent of the Gunners’ batch of summer signings.
Despite his tender years, Martinelli already looks a genuine star in the making.
The youngster possesses all of the desirable traits of a modern attacker, combining touch, stature, poise, pace, the ability to beat opposing defenders and, perhaps most-significantly of all, a real eye for goal.
LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 03: Gabriel Martinelli celebrates scoing the 1st Arsenal goal during the UEFA Europa League group F match between Arsenal FC and Standard Liege at Emirates Stadium on October 03, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
This allowed Martinelli to directly contribute to a remarkable 10 goals across 9 appearances between the League Cup and Europa League in 2019/20.
In addition, crucially, he began to carry his goalscoring exploits onto the Premier League stage earlier this year, with key strikes versus the likes of Sheffield United and Chelsea.
Martinelli speaks out
As such, despite having only turned 19 this summer, it is understandable that many have already tipped Martinelli to reach the very top of the game.
Arsenal’s faith in their prodigious Brazilian, meanwhile, was made abundantly clear when he was awarded a new contract last month, almost a year to the day from his arrival at the Emirates:
🇧🇷 Gabriel Martinelli has signed a new long-term contract! ✍️
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) July 3, 2020
And, as outlined above, as the new season inches closer to commencement, Martinelli today took part in an interview, during which he opened up on a number of topics which will no doubt pique the interest of the Gunners faithful.
Perhaps most significant of all was the attacker’s update on his current fitness levels.
Martinelli has actually not taken to the pitch since March, having been forced under the knife to correct a knee problem.
Arsenal previously confirmed that they do not expect the teen to return to action until the end of 2020 at the earliest, with Martinelli himself having today revealed that, for a full month, he was actually unable to stand:
‘On the 21st of June, I got hurt in training & I had surgery. For a month, I couldn’t even put my foot on the floor,’ the South American explained to Bolivia Talk Show.
On a more positive note, though, Martinelli added:
‘But for the last week, I have been able to (stand). I’ve started to walk again, doing basics.’
Next up was a discussion on the Arsenal star’s preferred position, with Martinelli having admitted that, though, in an ideal world, he would start out wide, his priority is simply to take to the pitch, in whatever role is asked of him:
‘I like to play open and I play quite centrally, but I prefer to start wide.’
‘But my preference is always just to play, centre-half, full-back, goalkeeper, I just want to play.’
Finally, Martinelli opened up on the arrival of Willian at the Emirates this summer, with the former Ituano man having been drawn on the possibility of being displaced from Mikel Arteta’s first-choice XI by his fellow countryman.
And, though, Martinelli admitted that this could well prove the case, he nevertheless appeared excited by what Willian is set to bring to the table:
‘It could be me! He is a great player, he has won a lot & he is going to help us win titles.’
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