Rob Holding has praised the tenacity of Gabriel Martinelli claiming the 18-year-old striker is a nightmare for defenders.
The summer arrival from Brazilian side Ituano has made a strong first impression at the Emirates netting a pair of braces in starts against Nottingham Forest and Standard Liege and making three cameos off the bench in the Premier League.
Martinelli will be hoping for more game time in the Europa League tomorrow evening when the Gunners host Portuguese side Vitoria.
He certainly has the backing of Holding, who said: “He’s come in and settled really well. In training every day, he works hard. He puts you under pressure constantly and never stops running, which as a centre half is a nightmare. You want a striker that will sort of give up on you, but he never gives up.
“His finishing has been unbelievable, even with his head. He’s only a small guy but the headed goals he’s scored in the Forest game and the Standard Liege game have been incredible goals, to be fair to him.”
Holding also revealed that Emi Martinez, one of the squad’s elder statesmen, has taken his fellow South American under his wing.
“I think he’s really close with Emi Martinez,” revealed the defender. “He spends a lot of time with him and I think he’s translating for him as he picks up English.
“In yoga, he is trying to learn as much English as he can. It’s only a small group of five or six of us, so he’s learning English as he goes along and he’s making an effort, which is important.”