Gabriel Martinelli says Edu and Unai Emery have done a lot to help him settle at Arsenal and he’s now looking forward to making his mark on the first team.
Signed from homeland side Ituano in July, the 18-year-old Brazilian has enjoyed a whirlwind start to life at the Emirates, taking part in the pre-season tour of the US, bagging a goal on his debut against the Colorado Rapids, featuring against Barcelona and making his Premier League bow at Newcastle.
“My adaptation has been the best possible,” he said. “I had a strong pre-season where I was able to play a good role and showcase my qualities.
“I’ve arrived in a new place, with a different culture, another style of play and only with time and working day-to-day will I develop in the best way possible.”
“The coach is a great person, and I’m learning a lot from him on a daily basis,” he added.
“I try to do my best in training so that, when I have the opportunity, to grasp it with everything.
“Edu is an exceptional guy, a great professional, victorious and who made history with the Arsenal shirt. We talked a lot when I arrived and, undoubtedly, having a person like him around motivates us more and more.
“I was received in the best way possible. Being very young, I got a little shy, because I only saw these players on television, on video games. But they welcomed me very well, making me feel at home and I try to learn from them on a daily basis.”
Martinelli’s next challenge is to take advantage of the departure of established names to stake a claim for regular first team football. It’s likely that he’ll feature in both the League Cup and the Europa League.
“As it’s my first season, I want to show my potential to steady myself at the first team,” he said.
“I know the squad is packed with great players, but I know what I can do and my goal is to help the team. I think we can achieve great things this season by winning titles and marking our name in Arsenal’s history.”