Last night’s man of the match Gabriel Martinelli says he’s feeling more and more confident at Arsenal, thanks to the help of his teammates, and in particular some of the younger members of the squad.

The Brazilian has started two games at the Emirates Stadium, and scored a brace in both. He followed up his double against Nottingham Forest with two against Standard Liege in the Europa League last night, and his overall performance caught the eye in a big way.

Speaking afterwards, he was asked if it was nice to play alongside the other young talent, including Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson.

“It’s easy because we get each other,” he said. “We’re the same age, and they all put in a big effort to score and they help me out.

“I’m gradually getting more confident and settling more into the squad, but the squad are making me confident and we’ll go on from here.

“I am pleased with my performance but more importantly the fact that the team won, and the hard work the lads put in.”

Arsenal boss Unai Emery was also very pleased with the 18 year old’s contribution, but admitted centre-forward is not his best position!

“He played in this position with us and in every training he showed us his hunger to be with us,” said the Spaniard.

“In pre-season he played in different positions, but above all he preferred playing on the left wing. But also he played as a right winger.

“I used him as a striker because in Brazil he played this position (centre forward). It’s not the best position for him, but the first thing in his mind is to help us and receive some minutes with us in the team.

“Tonight I think his performance and attitude was amazing.”

For more on Gabriel Martinelli, and the 4-0 win, check out the brand new Arsecast Extra

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Matt
Matt

“Gradually”? Bloody hell!

Fabulous
Fabulous

Exactly! Start him against bornemouth so he can continue gradually increase his confidence.

But that said our midfield will still be the problem. I hope for once Emery tries only one of Guendouzi or Xhaka (afraid it’ll be the latter since he’s captain), then shift Torreira alongside Xhaka in a midfield two since they worked quite well last season. The advanced slot can go to either of Willock, Ceballos or Ozil.

AussieGooner
AussieGooner

To be honest with the players we have now upfront I am more and more starting to think that Lacazette should play in the number 10 in front of a midfield pairing from Gendouhzi, Willock, Ceballos, Chaka, Ozil, or Chambers.

We have Saka and Martinelli to share the left wing. Pepe, AMN and Nelson on the right. Abua in the middle working with Lacca right behind him

It could work really well, and Jesus everyone would crap themselves at the thought of playing us.

A Gorilla
A Gorilla

That header was fucking class!

Hopefulgooner
Hopefulgooner

I hope the down vote is by mistake. Can’t find anything wrong or controversial with that statement.

Prince Gunneralaysia
Prince Gunneralaysia

Keep on being hopeful..gooner

para
para

That “cross” and that “header”, a beautifull symphony of football.

Jack but
Jack but

Pls if you have any family or friends who are Spurs fans, go and see them and BRIGHTON up their weekend 🤣🤣🤣

C.B.
C.B.

Keep scoring two goals a game and the confidence will come, eventually.

The Spoon
The Spoon

Beast. That is all.

Reality check
Reality check

A touch of Kaka and Suarez about this guy.. Not worried about his development, aside from bags of potential, boy has got on point attitude. 4 goals not a single flashy celebration, head down, works hard, leaves everything on the pitch.. beautiful player

SB Still
SB Still

He reminded me of RVP, creating an opportunity for himself like the 2nd goal and also being involved in the play in the final third, than just being a finisher.

Cacho
Cacho

It gets so tiring to see the same nonsense from fans. So if he had done a celebration would you have clutched your pearls and wept for humanity? It’s supposed to be fun FYI

Monkey knees
Monkey knees

What are you on about!?

Goonerink

people arent ‘happy’ he didnt celebrate, but can analyse the fact and find positive results.

its not like the kid was grumpy he didnt get his hattrick

goonero
goonero

Watching him reminded me off that Arsene Wenger bit on South American strikers having that extra hunger and tenacity that you just can’t teach. He’s definitely got that, and he’s obviously quality on the ball.

goonero
goonero

Seeing as that’s literally the first and only thing I mention I’m not sure what part you think I did well in then…

Nachoman
Nachoman

Clown

Martin L. E.
Martin L. E.

You were doing well, until you posted a comment.

Patrik Ljungberg
Patrik Ljungberg

Get lost.

Longbow
Longbow

I really don’t understand people like you.

InTheNorthBank
InTheNorthBank

Errrr ok then. Can we expect 4 goals per game when you’re feeling confident!? What a talent this guy looks to be

Martin Dufosse
Martin Dufosse

He certainly does. What’s troubling me though is, why did we spend £72 Million on Pepe.?.
This lad looks miles ahead.

TOGooner
TOGooner

Pepe is not playing great right now. Ceballos isn’t either in truth. But does the evidence say Pepe is trash compared to Martinelli or that he will take some time to settle? The boy is only 24 and was the second best offensive player in France last season, ahead of Neymar! We have a player in Martinelli, that’s hopeful at best. In Pepe we have a proven player! He’s not a fraud, hes not a one season wonder, he just needs time. He’s also just so damn nice to watch at his very best.

Takeshita-san
Takeshita-san

Credit to Edu for getting the deal done, and of course Emery for showing faith and confidence in that lad.

TOGooner
TOGooner

Not sure if that Edu bit is actually true or just lazy inference

Tapps

Wow! Imagine what he’ll be when he’s fully confident! Absolutely love his skill-set but, more importantly, his attitude. No ‘big-time Charlie’ bollocks. Just head down, get on with learning and getting better. Also seems to be a bit of “what value is me scoring a hat-trick if the team don’t win” attitude. 35 is going on the back of the shirt tomorrow!

Bangkok Gooner
Bangkok Gooner

So he’s a preferred winger that score sick goals. Well I like that.

Axedsoul
Axedsoul

Reminds me of a certain number 7 from Portugal.

Fatgooner
Fatgooner

He looks like a great prospect.

Yesterday’s game emphasised something that’s very clear about the club right now: that we have a wealth of outstanding young talent. Martinelli, Saka, Willock, Smith-Rowe, Tierney, Guendozi and Nketiah all look like they could be very important players for the future. Sadly, I’m old enough to remember when Adams, Merson, Thomas and Rocastle all emerged together in the mid Eighties: that group all went on to become part of a title-winning squad. It looks like history could be repeating itself.

But that lot had George Graham to mould them into winners. We need a top boss and an owner who really cares enough to take us to the next level. I’m not sure we have that right now.

Basswielder
Basswielder

Totally agree mate

VAgooner
VAgooner

Totally agree with your total agreement.

John
John

Totally agree with your total agreement of that total agreement.

Dennis Elbow
Dennis Elbow

My dogs name is Kitty.

Martin Dufosse
Martin Dufosse

Spot on.

nonononoyes
nonononoyes

Said a very similar thing to a mate last night-this is probably the best bunch of in-house/very young talent we have had since the 80’s.

networth
networth

If we gave Wenger 13 years, why not be patient and give Emery 5years, ALL these good things you are saying are part of his project. He was bold enough to let go jack,welbeck,Ramsey,iwobi,miki,elneny,ospina,koscielny… This is a coach who knows what he wants. If you let him go, the only other coaches out there are Allegri,Mourinho who will want a budget of 200m. It took pep 2years and klopp 3years. BE PATIENT. This will never be sorted out in a year or in 2 transfer windows!

Mike-8
Mike-8

If he does, how can he prioritize winger over defend?

Carlo Legolie
Carlo Legolie

I just feel he has the players already!
If he chooses correctly for the right matches. U can make Xhaxa your captain but for heaven shake you can’t put him in front of your back 4 that isn’t gelling as it is and now they can’t even trust their Defensive Midfielder to stand in when they go up, or has the discipline to tackle correctly.

I am a fan of Torreira there because he as engin to defend and stil has an eye to get in the box when needed.

We as fans know that our front three is properbly the most underrated and most dangerous if everyone is fit. We have seen with our youngsters that we have replacements, Martanelli is actually a winger so why can’t he play there while Lacazette is injured so he can grow in that position like we doing with Saka. We have great defenders two like Holding, Bellerin and Thienry who is not in the first team. If we can get these players fully fit and in the first team we will be much more better off.

The Ozil tebacale is not being handled properly for me. Look at Bale at Real everybody knows that Zidane is not a Bale fan but he knows Bale has quility so he still uses him as much as he can.

Sakrotas and David plays the same game both forward thinking defenders. Our manager must try something different maybe it works, because it can’t get any worse.

Kill off games sooner so we can build these kids in the PL.

I know building a club and putting your stamp on a club as a manager takes time but if you have all the pieces why not use that pieces? I believe we can get in the top 4 easily this campaign and with money develop our defenders more.

Goonslinger
Goonslinger

I think we have the right man at the helm. In his first year –
EL finals
5th place in the EPL (with all the major injuries) he put us in position to make 3rd. Imo it was the players lack of belief as to why we didn’t make 4th or higher.
Look at how he has integrated the youth into the first team set-up. This isnt by chance, their development is down to him and how he gives them opportunity’s to be successful.
At this point in the new season, we have lost 1 game and are in 4th.
We can now look forward to all the players that have been out injured returning to strengthen the core we now have. His management has been stellar thus far Imo, and I am genuinely looking forward to the future.

COYG!!!

Spursarewank

Agreed fatty

Billy Bob
Billy Bob

1-4-3-3 formation:
GK: Leno or Mart
RB: Hector
CB: Chamber & Holding or Sok
LB: Tierney
DM: Toreria or AMN
CM: Willock-Douzi or Ceballos or Saka or ESR
RW: Pepe
LW: Martinelli or Nelson
S: Auba or Laca

Time to say goodbye to Ozil (wages/performance), Xhaka (performance/lack of pace) and Luiz (when Saliba joins)

will
will

AMN is not a DM…Saka is not a CM…

Mick Malthouse
Mick Malthouse

Best young talent since Cesc.

Goonerink

we have 3 breakthrough players this season.
willock saka an martinelli.
all 3 look to make it

networth
networth

For your information, Guendouzi was also bought at 6m and was to be a future prospect, but Emery’s belief in him has done wonders. I trust Emery. Guendouzi is now worth 35m.

Mesut O’Neill
Mesut O’Neill

#amerieout
She only had 1 good song

Mesut O’Neill
Mesut O’Neill

Wrong spot 🤦🏼‍♂️

Draculana del Rey
Draculana del Rey

I’m gradually falling in love..

John
John

Bought for 6 million. Must be worth at least 25 million already. That’s outsmarting the market.

Teryima Adi
Teryima Adi

This guy is the real deal. Soar to greater heights, Martinelli.

Tek9
Tek9

How much did Everton pay for Moise Kean? Watching Martinelli and KT last night, I couldn’t help but think if maybe we owe Celtic and Ituano a few extra millions, no doubt we got them for bargain. I remember Tottenham fans laughing at us, that we spent 6 million on some unknown kid and they’d just bought Tanguy Ndombele, well that unknown kid has 4 goals in 2 games, not bad.

myrtle
myrtle

The only thing the totts should laugh at is their reflection.

Pakgooner
Pakgooner

Myrtle I think they see it everyday in their toilet bowl

Carlo Legolie
Carlo Legolie

And shake their heads 7 times

Okechukwu Jude
Okechukwu Jude

#emeryout

Mesut O’Neill
Mesut O’Neill

#amerieout

She only had one good song

para
para

We know we have a busy schedule, and there will probably be no 1st team per se due to rotation, but by the later part of the season a 1st team should start to be apparent.
I actually prefer some rotation, it keeps the players fit and hungry too.