Unai Emery has praised Gabriel Martinelli after the 18 year old marked his home debut for the club with two goals.
The Brazilian opened and closed the Arsenal scoring in a 5-0 win over Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup, a real impact for a young player who hasn’t played much football as a centre forward.
He headed home Calum Chambers cross in the first half, and combined again with the Englishman to fire into the top corner in second half injury time.
Speaking afterwards, the Arsenal boss was impressed with what he saw.
“Martinelli is a very young player, but he came here and we were waiting and watching him, how he could improve with us and really, really in the pre-season he played very well,” said Emery.
“He was working in each training with a big spirit and with a big performance and I spoke with him to have some passion for when he gets his opportunity to play, to do like he was doing in the training and the matches in the pre-season.
“Tonight he did that. Really, he deserved it because he is very humble, a humble player and he fights, he is hungry to have that opportunity to help us and really it was perfect, his work tonight.”
No doubt he’ll have more chances in the next round of the Carabao Cup, and perhaps tonight has illustrated to Emery that Martinelli is an option at centre-forward so we don’t have to risk Aubameyang in the Europa League.