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.”