New signing Gabriel Martinelli says joining Arsenal is a dream come true and that he’s eager to capitalise on the opportunity.
The Gunners have snapped up the striker, who turned 18 last week, from Brazilian side Ituano and he’s expected to be given a run out in pre-season when the club tour the USA.
Whether he’s got enough about him to challenge for a first team spot is anyone’s guess at this point. We hope so, as it would save us from being publically pilloried for a failed pursuit of someone more high-profile.
Anyway, facing the Arsenal.com cameras on his first day at London Colney, the lad said all the right things in his softly spoken Portuguese.
“It is a dream since I was a child and also my family’s dream for me to be playing in Europe and playing for a big team like Arsenal,” he said. “I am going to take this opportunity.
“I am a player who gives his all at all times, I play as a team and always looking to win games and win trophies.
“I am very grateful for everything, I am grateful to God and I will try to make the most out of it.”
Asked to name the players he looks up to, he added: “I model my game on Cristiano Ronaldo, he is a player who works hard, pushing himself to the next level. Always in the run for titles and individual trophies.
“I look up to Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar as they are players who can decide games and are very professional, who dedicate themselves to the whole game.”
Obviously, Ronaldo is a prick. But he is quite good. So if Martinelli can be less of a prick and also be brilliant, that would be fine by us. We’d accept that.
Also, notice how Raul didn’t make him sign his deal in the contract dungeon. It’s all plush wood and leather, perhaps as a reward for him dressing like an adult. Some of the first team could take note.