Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Arsenal Boss Arteta Praises Striker Gabriel Martinelli

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Gabriel Martinelli’s willingness to take risks has been praised by Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, who believes the in-form forward is developing into a well-rounded player.

Three goals in his last two appearances – against West Ham and Leeds – saw the 20-year-old Brazilian catch the eye as Arsenal moved into the Premier League top four.

His contributions also took some of the focus off former captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s continued omission because of a disciplinary breach.

“He (Martinelli) trains incredibly hard, he is always willing to do more and he is not scared or afraid to take risks – and that is what I like about him,” Arteta said of Martinelli, who has scored four times in his last six league games.

“You cannot play every action at 100mph, it is impossible. It is not very efficient for you because you burn yourself out after a few minutes, and then you’re just chasing a situation and not reading exactly what is needed.

“Gabi is doing much better at that. We have to try to do that without losing the passion, the energy and this capacity he has to just affect the game with the way he acts on the pitch.”

Tobiloba Ayinde

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