Tierney: Martinelli is good at everything

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They may not have been teammates for long, but Kieran Tierney and Gabriel Martinelli already seem to be on the same wavelength.

For the second Europa League game in a row, the Scot delivered a cross for the Brazilian to head home, this time to help the Gunners get on level terms against a sprightly Vitoria.

Arsenal went on to win the game 3-2 courtesy of two stunning free-kicks by substitute Nicolas Pepe and are now in a commanding position to qualify from Group F.

After the game, Tierney said he’s been impressed by his fellow new arrivals.

“I love playing with Gabi, even in training as well – but I hate playing against him!” he told Arsenal.com. “He’s a great player.

“You can see how clinical he is in front of goal. He’s good at everything – there’s not a negative I can say about Gabi. He’s got the lot.”

On Pepe, he added: “That just shows you he is a special player, and in a moment like that he can produce a bit of magic. That’s what we needed.

“It will be massive for him, it’s a hard place to come and hit the ground running. It’s a massive club, in a massive league. He deserves that because he’s been working hard every single day.”

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HelderHughes
HelderHughes

Ok, shall we just make Tierney captain and be done with it?

Prakhar
Prakhar

The no-nonsense vibe I get from Tierney feels like a throwback to the old times. Fits perfectly for the image and personality you look for in a captain.

HelderHughes
HelderHughes

Joking aside, I think we could be looking at a future club captain. The way he handled the transfer saga was mature and loyal. And he seems to be a confident, humble and determined individual. The perfect mentality for a leader.

Really hope he plays Sunday but I think we may have to wait for a Kolasinac mistake. So he’ll probably play next weekend…

Dave M
Dave M

We have a lot of future captains right now (holding, Bellerin, now Tierney), we’re just lacking a current captain.

Goontastic
Goontastic

Would you just give it to the player with the most swag?

jack jack jack
jack jack jack

Love that his mum still cuts his hair too. Proper old-school down-to-earth player.

Forget about it
Forget about it

I in love!

Forget about it
Forget about it

‘I’m’, of course. What a talent!

DBMÖ10
DBMÖ10

Aubazette
Flamzil
Tiernelli

Bromance FC

Greatogre
Greatogre

Martiney?

Pkub
Pkub

Top bloke!!

nikoniko
nikoniko

shhh. lest Emery hears you!

yen
yen

Excuse my article-unrelated comment, but I saw mentioned elsewhere that Emery sets up his team according to opposition as if we’d be playing Barcelona week in week out:

I actually saw Barca play on Wednesday against Slavia Prague on Wednesday. And the game reminded me of so many things I almost forgot when it comes to Arsenal: especially the presence of huge emotions football can bring, as well as that you can watch your team lose and still feel very proud of them – because from 25th minute onwards, Slavia was arguably the better team and Barcelona was seriously fearing for points at the end of the game.

I believe almost none of you could name a single Slavia player, yet they are so extremely well coached, cohesive and mentally strong that I’m in no doubt they would cause us trouble. The team is moving forward with every game. We’re moving as well, but not convinced it’s in the right direction.

Imustafiyou
Imustafiyou

what is your point though?

Starve
Starve

Emery isn’t taking us in the right direction
Any team well coached and motivated can play against the best
Barcelona have the rich man’s Emery

Jack but
Jack but

Shit

yen
yen

True, re-reading it after myself, there’s none, so:

– you can actually sense a shared vision among the club, the players and the supporters at the stadium – something Emery talks about a lot – there’s not a single fan unhappy about the coach right now as when you’re moving in the right direction, it’s for everyone there to see – you don’t need to have lengthy discussions about it

– if Slavia Prague can stick to their football against the likes of Barcelona, surely Arsenal – with arguably way better players – can stick to theirs against the likes of Sheffield United

– also, football can be fun. I simply forgot that I used to watch Arsenal games sitting at the edge of my seat

towelie
towelie

I was at the game, since I live in Prague and Slavia is my club. All of us were very proud. Slavia’s worth is 40 mil EUR and Barcelona’s over 1 bil and we had pretty much the same amount of possession, chances and even more shots. If you look up the stats, you can see that Slavia has the most distance covered in all of CL. They are insanely well physically prepared. That is their main strength. They will run the whole match, press hard from the 1st to the last minute and make your build up a living hell. They are a very well coached team and I believe if Arsenal met them, they would be lucky to get something from the match in the current form. Emery should learn from Slavia coach what means pressing, because we haven’t seen any of the press he promised…

PodB
PodB

Prague boss Jindřich Trpišovský as new assistant coach … good ivaning … with Arteta manager. soon.
Q: if we lose to Palace and Wolves, is Emery gone?

xjert02
xjert02

Slavia remind me the team of Sparta Prague under Hrebik, in the way of physicality and the end of an era. The important part might be the era/timing. I think both Slavia and Sparta is/was successful, when the football comes/came through the transition period. Nowadays, the era of Spanish technical dominance is vanishing and football of strength is on the increase (e.g. Liverpool is successful with technically dreadful midfield, something unthinkable a few years ago), it is kind of a sinusoid as it used to be with everything in life.

xjert02
xjert02

As I am from Czech, I can name the whole Slavia squad 😀

Chrispy
Chrispy

I’m going to enjoy watching him play and grow. Hopefully we can keep him out of Madrid’s/Barcelona’s grubby paws when they come calling…..

santi's thigh grab
santi's thigh grab

Only if we improve as a team. Players don’t like to play for shit teams and right now we are shit. The main point about Slavia is their supporters know 100% they are heading in the right direction, we don’t even have a direction, we are spinning in circles. There are green shoots, Martinelli, Guen, Pepe, but those green shoots are the players not the coach.

Martin
Martin

With the exception of Fabregas who wanted to return what other top player not passed their best have we transferred to them

Jack but
Jack but

Tieney should be playing weekends and Martinelli deserves more ell time, but una’s problem is mezut.. Sad

Jack but
Jack but

I mean Tieney deserve more EPL time

Luke
Luke

Do you have letters missing on your keyboard?

Ozenal
Ozenal

We have really missed Laca hard work and build up from with back to goal.

If Martinelli played central he would provide something different than Auba and Laca, especially with his heading ability.

With the work rate he is showing, I feel Emery maybe tempted to pair him with Laca and ask them to press from the front in certain games.

Pepe tracks back when it is critical but doesn’t have the aggression to win the ball like Martinelli does.

Rich
Rich

Last night we seen why Tierney, Bellerin and Holding have been held back, Holding and Bellerin looked understandably rusty, and Tierney showed real quality in the final third, but went down with cramp towards the end.

I think all 3 will find their way back into the first team, but it’ll be a few weeks away yet, with Bellerin looking the furthest away.

It was interesting to read we had minor concerns about Saliba’s body composition, it looks like our medical setup is much better than it was a few years back.

Tierney’s will need to be managed after his hernia operation, he’s missed 186 days with three separate hip injuries, hips will need to be realigned after a pelvic injury, with both injuries very likely linked.

Martinelli is absolutely relentless, I think Emery will go with the experience of Lacazette on Sunday as he’s under pressure, but I’m excited to see a front three of Auba, Pepe, Martinelli.

Emery has revamped our forward line, we now have direct and pacey ball carriers and dribblers, Martinelli,Pepe, Saka, Nelson, are all in a very different mould to Ozil, Mkhtaryan, Iwobi, it’s the reason I think he deserves more time.

You need to build relationships on the pitch, we’ve been playing with Saka, Pepe, Aubameyang who look like strangers on the pitch, because basically they are strangers.

I said in the summer Pepe+Ceballos would take time to settle, and think we’re at the start of a new cycle, and we’re bound to have plenty of problems with cohesion, but now we have wingers, something we didn’t have last season, we have a chance to keep the back 4 in place, as we’re no longer relying on width solely from our wing backs, and over the next few weeks I’m expecting steady improvement.

Dave M
Dave M

Xhaka looks like a stranger with the whole first team

Samgunz
Samgunz

Most onto it comment I’ve seen in a while… the down votes are worrying for the intelligence of our fanbase.

Man Manny
Man Manny

Martinelli has all the qualities to take the EPL by storm in the seasons ahead.
His insane speed, skill and workrate, laced with an infectious desire to win puts him in stead for a long, successful career.
I hope and pray that will be at Arsenal.
But we’ll certainly grapple with more than mere envious glances from the spanish two-some in no distant time if he keeps going at this rate.

Dave M
Dave M

That workrate!! You can see he really goes for it a bit too hard at times, but he’s learning and at some rate. But really with all the technical skills he has and then that speed and workrate to cap it off – just wow! Exciting prospect. Oh and what about his movement off the ball, he just knows where to go and where to be too.

Rich
Rich

I never thought I could fall out of love with Arsenal, but if the pictures of Mourinho at the Grove last night are real? It’s a real worry.

I quite like listening to him on SkySports, but I don’t want him anywhere near our dugout or training pitch.

He has no form whatsoever with managing or developing youth, has a history of temper tantrums when things don’t go his way, and I think we need a project manager, not a short term fix.

I think Emery deserves more time, but if the toxicity surrounding the manager continues? I think we’ll likely twist, but what I don’t want is a revolving door of managers with different ideologies, ideally we give Emery until the New Year to try and mould a new team, but if we do twist? It has to be a manager who has form for developing young players, and isn’t known for having girly temper tantrums.

Martin
Martin

It worries me too but I just hope that being Portuguese he just came to watch a team from his country

Cacio e Nico Pepe
Cacio e Nico Pepe

What a signing. For all the flak they get for the ones that aren’t good enough (do I really need a list?) our scouts (+Don Raul +Sven) deserve huge credit when it’s due! To think that you could buy two tierneys at the price of one aaron wan-pissoff makes me happy.

Also, really appreciating the ‘throw-back’ players in the form of Tierney, Martinelli, and Guendouzi. They seem to genuinely appreciate what it means to fight for the shirt. There was a moment late in the second half vs. Vitoria when Martinelli won the ball back near our right back, dribbled it (or just kinda charged past) through the middle, passed it off, and was made available for a shot. These players seem to take it personally when they lose and I am loving it. If only Emery could find a way to make this all work.

Al-n
Al-n

Alexis Who?

A bottle of Martinelli
A bottle of Martinelli

Both of them are going to be huge for us as long as Emery leaves and a proper coach comes through.

onenil
onenil

That cross was a thing of beauty. Had just enough loop to clear the defender and was straight onto Martinelli’s head with enough pace to help the striker.

Cacio e Nico Pepe
Cacio e Nico Pepe

So refreshing to see someone who can provide that like clockwork!
I like how tough our Bosnian tank is but his final delivery can definitely improve.

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

By the look on Marinelli’s face it seems that Tierney is good at something too.

tanned arse
tanned arse

From what I see, I totally agree. Martinelli is strong is so many aspects. From his movement and where to go and be both inside and outside of the box. His determination to hussar and get back. Then the timing and execution of nicking the ball away and starting attacks (not just sliding in with effort. Real defensive ability). His pace and ability to use it to get past opponents combined with good technique and timing. Calmness in possession. Awareness of players around him and runs they make. His finishing is decent and will only get better as he experiences more situations in front of goal. But the biggest attribute I think he has but I think is maybe over looked is his eye for a pass and execution. I actually think there’s a touch of Bergkamp about him which perhaps sounds absurd but I see it .

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

I hate that Emery has got the players saying “moment” 🙁