After scoring his first goals for Arsenal in the 5-0 win over Nottingham Forest last night, Gabriel Martinelli spoke to Brazilian media about his time at the club so far.
The 18 year old arrived this summer very much a rookie, but spoke about how down to earth his new teammates are – not least Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Revealing a training ground encounter, the young forward said, “I arrived for lunch on the first day, I’m eating there, Aubameyang arrives and sits next to me, speaking Portuguese with me, “Alright?”, Trying to communicate.
“You see, the guy so good, humble people. I was: ‘Damn it! Dude, it’s Aubameyang, who I saw on TV, came to talk to me! I have to thank everyone at the club.
“They are very nice people.”
He also paid tribute to fellow Brazilian David Luiz who arrived on deadline day from Chelsea and who has been giving him advice and guidance on his new life in England.
“It was exceptional for me that David Luiz arrived because he is Brazilian and helps me in everything,” he said.
“In communication with fitness coach, something I have to do. If I have questions I ask him how he talks.
“Sometimes I ask how to say something, for me to be learning too, and he does help me.”
As for getting off the mark in terms of goalscoring, he said he knew his chance would come in the cups, and he’s been training hard to make the most of his chances.
“It’s a unique feeling,” said the 18 year old.
“I have been constantly on the bench for the Premier League and knew that the chance to play could appear in the cups.
“I train very hard, with a lot of dedication and commitment so when chances appear, I can grab them with all my strength and know how to take advantage.”
It’s a very promising start to his Arsenal career, and let’s hope he can continue to make progress.
Also, can we get #AubaForCaptain trending? What a man.