When Gabriel Martinelli finally completed his move to Arsenal this summer, there was some uncertainty regarding what his first campaign at the club would have in store for him.
The Brazilian attacker has shown during his fleeting appearances for the first-team in pre-season, however, that he could be a useful member of the squad during 2019/20.
Martinelli was on the scoresheet against Colorado Rapids in his first appearance, while he also found the net against Lyon in the Emirates Cup only for the goal to be ruled out for offside.
The standout part of his pre-season so far, though, came against Fiorentina, when the 18-year-old made an excellent run, albeit with his subsequent shot lacking conviction.
It is important not to expect too much too soon from Martinelli, and it seems likely that he will be eased into action via the cup competitions.
Unai Emery will surely have been impressed by what the youngster has offered so far, especially when it is taken into consideration that Martinelli is also prepared to track back with regularity.
The Europa League should be the perfect platform for Martinelli to express his talent and it wouldn’t be surprising if on some occasions he featured for the U23s in order to build up his sharpness.
The initial signs have certainly been very encouraging and as the campaign progresses further opportunities could open up for Martinelli as injuries and suspensions occur.
Tonight Martinelli could receive another chance to demonstrate his quality as he has been named in the travelling squad for the friendly against Angers.
Featuring in Sunday’s game away to Barcelona would also be an excellent experience for a player who has shown no fear so far in adapting to the new challenge that he has been faced with in England.