It had been another 15 minutes of dreary stuff from Arsenal at the London Stadium, after a dreary first 45.

1-0 down and seemingly bereft of ideas, the Gunners were struggling. Then Lucas Torreira found Sead Kolasinac down the left, he put in one of those low crosses he likes so much, and there was Gabriel Martinelli to slot the ball home to make it 1-1.

On his first Premier League start, he scored his first Premier League goal, and afterwards drew praise from interim head coach Freddie Ljungberg for his contribution and character.

“Gabi is a fantastic player,” he said.

“He’s still very young but he has that energy about him and he goes and he goes. He has no fear and he just keeps on going.

“So it’s a pleasure to see him there on that pitch, and for him to get the success that he did today, it gives you a smile to your face.”

There’s no question the young man has an eye for goal, he’d scored seven times previously this season in the Europa League and Carabao Cup, so to get off the mark in the Premier League is another step forward.

It was just reward for a brave selection by the Swede, and in a season which has been short on bright spots, the young Brazilian is definitely one of them.

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Zadok
Zadok

He’s the very existence of hope.

James
James

“Help us Gabi Martinelli, you’re our only hope”

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

Whether fans like RVP or not, Gab reminds me of his debut with Arsenal.

Bould's Eyeliner
Bould's Eyeliner

I think he looks great, but next season we’ll see what he’s really worth. A lot of energy, once studied then diverted by mid-table defenders should show what he can or can’t do.

Bilbo
Bilbo

He has the quickness, pace, agility, precision, and understanding of angles to beat any defender in the world. Will he continue to demonstrate those skills on a consistent basis? I think that’s a more appropriate thing to question.

Goontang
Goontang

8 goals in 7 starts ain’t bad is it
Even klopp saying he is a once in a lifetime talent is huge praise. Big ups to the scouting department on this one.

Alan Sunderland's Mighty Perm of Justice
Alan Sunderland's Mighty Perm of Justice

He’s a driven individual. That looks obvious to me. No matter how bad we’ve been or can be, he will make it. Throughout all the recent madness, he’s kept quiet, kept his head down and focused on his game.

I’m not sure if we’ve put a buyout clause on his contract, but whatever it is, increase it. I’ve been watching Arsenal since the late 70s and this kid is right up there with some of the best young talents I’ve seen at the club. I’d be trying to offer him a contract extension asap.

He reminds me of the impact the 18 year old Anelka had. Different sort of player (more like Alexis/Luis Suarez in style), but what a talent.

Bould's Eyeliner
Bould's Eyeliner

With Ozil behind in the middle, Gendouzi to play a role box-to-box like Ramsey did, and Martinelli on the right, and either Lacazette/Aubameyang in the middle, or maybe Laca/Auba on the right, we’re starting to look a lot like an old Arsenal side under Wenger, but with newer, not so fluid personnel, making it feel a lot like 2012-13, where we had just signed Cazorla, Giroud, Podolski, and reorganized our attack with a Mertesacker/Koscielny defense by the end of the season.

Hopefully we get a strong centerhalf pair to settle our team’s spine down, and our midfield should be able to compete…

Mtz
Mtz

His talent is unquestionable, think we’re more balanced playing with 2 wingers!

Qwaliteee
Qwaliteee

When we signed Pepe, I think we were all looking forward to seeing him starting with Ozil, Auba and, in spite of his youth, Martinelli. It’s taken four and a half painful months and one sacked useless shrinking violet to make it happen, but at last, there may be some light at the end of a fucking awful tunnel. Here’s hoping we’ve turned a corner.

Wilsheres Middle Finger
Wilsheres Middle Finger

I agree. It’s about time we started a game with our strongest formation and with 11 players playing in their strongest position. Including the 2 wingers / wide forwards.

I think Freddie was maybe not wanting to rock the apple cart too much when he initially took charge, but I’m glad to see him setting up the way we did last night, and hope that that’s the last of putting square pegs in round holes to accomodate certain players.

SunsetNova
SunsetNova

Martinelli is a star in the making. He is the future of Arsenal, if we lose him we lose our future.

Rich
Rich

Our scouting and recruitment has been really bad for a very long time.

Martinelli looks like our best find since we signed Anelka 22 years ago, hopefully this relationship turns out to be longer than 2 years.

Adams Jnr
Adams Jnr

Erm, Fabregas?!

Reality check
Reality check

Don’t forget Cesc.. he carried our mediocrity for a while

Wilsheres Middle Finger
Wilsheres Middle Finger

Bellerin too. Nicked from under Barca’s noses.

Glen Helders left foot
Glen Helders left foot

Bellerin is wildly overrated by some arsenal fans

Qwaliteee
Qwaliteee

A star is born.

Ozymandias
Ozymandias

For such a skilful player his workrate,drive and endeavour makes me proud.

Every time

Qwaliteee
Qwaliteee

He’s going to be massive.

David
David

Also his defensive awareness really impressed me. I love this boy already!

EmanAfc
EmanAfc

The way he chases down everything and refuses to give up. Dare I say almost like Luis Suarez.

I’ll see myself out

Qwaliteee
Qwaliteee

Without the tombstone fangs.

Daniel
Daniel

Or Alexis 😉

Aaron
Aaron

I would heed my comparison to Carlos Tevez instead of the other two for their respective history.

This kid Martinelli is going to be something and for that I fear we are going to lose either of Lacazette or Auba come the summer. (Most likely Laca considering Auba’s status as our current captain)

Bai Blagoi
Bai Blagoi

Most probably both, considering our lack of… well, everything. But if only one will be leaving, then I guess it will be rather Auba then Laca, as he has one year shortec contacr with us.

Reality check
Reality check

Tevez is a good shout too, so is Augero. Bitey is one of the most intelligent and classy finishers I’ve ever seen.. Martinelli is not even 19 yet, plenty of time to develop and carve out his own identity. With his attitude and potential, kids will be comparing up and coming players with him..

Reality check
Reality check

Martinelli is a bit more direct that Alexis imo..

SB Still
SB Still

He reminds me more of two ex-Arsenal players – firstly RVP for his ability to work some space in the box and score skillfully. Secondly Alexis for being a menace for the defenders.

Rich
Rich

I was thinking the same, Martinelli reminds me of Luis Suarez, but with blistering pace.

If we can get £50-£60 mill for Lacazette at 28, with 2 years left on his deal? Then we’re in a good position to allow it to happen.

Might also be easier to convince Aubameyang to stay, if we start playing him regularly down the middle.

We were very poor again last night, against a very poor and one paced team.

We really struggle to get the ball into the final third, and our link between defence and midfield, and midfield and attack, is really poor, we struggle to get through the lines.

Pepe is a high risk, high reward player, he dribbles in dangerous positions, but when he’s successful, the game opens up.

We need to find ways to get him one on one further up the pitch, we need to get through the lines quicker, and get the ball out to our wide players, our build up play is far too slow, and our pressing non existent.

AbsolutelyMarvellous
AbsolutelyMarvellous

The kid is a sensation. I’m always fearful about heaping too much praise on young prospects, but this lad’s attitude impresses me as much as his footballing ability. You wouldn’t blame any 18-year-old going absolutely barmy having scored an equaliser on his league debut, yet his first thought was to grab the ball out of the net and get on with it.

He’s more than earned a start against City, as far as I’m concerned.

Qwaliteee
Qwaliteee

Freddie has to start the same forward line up as last night. Keep the momentum going.

Wilsheres Middle Finger
Wilsheres Middle Finger

This guy has every attribute you would want a young forward to have.

I’m going to put my usual anxiety of thinking ‘a wealthier club will buy him’ on the back-burner for this guy and just enjoy watching him while he’s here.

His unsuccessful trial at Man United makes the story even more sweet.

Goonerink

I honestly feel that trial situation has helped put arsenal into his heart. Which is great!

Pat Fried Rice with Egg
Pat Fried Rice with Egg

Gabriel “The Batistuta” Martinelli

onenil
onenil

The best moment so far, of this woeful season.
Once he put that in, the rest of the team woke up. He was the only one brave enough to score. Leading from the front, with great attitude and great skill.

Dom47
Dom47

Exactly, Onenil. He made the goal with such conviction and drive. If i may say so – if we had Iwobi in that situation he would just make a meek shot in a GK’s hands.

Mekus
Mekus

He’s a perfect example of a modern footballer. His zeal, determination and courage has no comparison in this current Arsenal set of players. His diehard attitude will rubb off positively on other team mates and that’s the spirit needed in this team pending the summer window.

Steve Morpurgo
Steve Morpurgo

Love that kid, he has so much potential and is our future

Ozenal
Ozenal

Yes brave to drop Laca and Luiz. When you look at their form maybe not that brave. But it’s something that Emery refused to do and the FEC failed to consider when squad building for Emery.

Ozenal
Ozenal

Almost feels as if Freddie has a plan.

Rorbameyang
Rorbameyang

A what?

SB Still
SB Still

Emery played it safe and relied on experience, although his youthful teams played better (in the cups).

I think the best part of Freddie is although he said experienced players have to take responsibility, he was bold enough to play the youngsters in all the 3 matches he has overseen despite his own precarious position and tricky to get the team out of the rut.

I’m also pleased that Chambers had a game in CB finally for us.

Anthony
Anthony

and what a game Chambers had.

Deno Garbby
Deno Garbby

Martinelli is brilliant and skilfully I just wonder why we prefferd willock on the pitch this lads skill and attitude is a perfect match for a winning team and this is what we missed as Arsenal however Congs to Pepe he has finally arrived to the book of goals Yeah Auba has to hold on to the boots again
It was great last night

Deano

Impressive in every game he has played in this season. Should tie him down on a long term contract before the vultures start to circle.

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

He is simply sensational. Even Klopp was saying he was an unbelievable find after our cup game at Anfield. Alongside the likes of Aubameyang and Leno, one of the few players to have had their reputations enhanced so far this season.

Alan Sunderland's Mighty Perm of Justice
Alan Sunderland's Mighty Perm of Justice

Loved the way he quickly recovered the ball from the net.

Alan Sunderland's Mighty Perm of Justice
Alan Sunderland's Mighty Perm of Justice

Constant moderation. I’m done.

Richie

Gabriel Ozil Aubameyang Lacazette = G.O.A.L.

Venga Bus

Cud Freddie be the man?
His post match interview…….. so copped on.

Savage
Savage

He’s surprisingly good in the air too. He just seems to have that natural timing that top players have.

santi's thigh grab
santi's thigh grab

Martinelli is the real deal, extend his contract. He plays the Arsenal way, gritty confident football. Loved how he didn’t celebrate his goal but just grabbed the ball out of the net to go score another goal. Wasn’t satisfied with a draw, he wants to win.

Santori
Santori

Very pleased with the young man.

I still don’t think Edu is a useful addition other than politcal shield for Sanlehi but at very least he came bearing gift of Martinelli.

Real step up for him and he has so far shone this season.

His hard work is examplary and one reason why Freddy preferred him out left to Auba.

Press pundits at BBC as usual completely wrong makinmg it out as if he was a swap for Laca. they don’t even play the same position.

Auba was preferred up top bc we were playing away and likely on the break more. BUT Martinelli was correctly selected out left because Auba is frankly crap at competing for the ball and offers (like Pepe) still insufficient cover for the fullbacks when we lose the ball.

You can see the difference. Pepe for all his heroics (and the goal plus assists was good in an otherwise dour rest of game), but when the Ivorian tries to take on players and over complicates things (like the break at end of game), he tends to lose the ball and look to ref for a decision then get up slowly and amble back.

In one instance when they were on the break, BOTH AMN (who in general had an OK game by his standards) and Pepe were jogging back.

Contrast left wing where Kolasinac got more support from martinelli. When caught up field, the Brazilian tracked back for the fullback. And they bore fruit with the critical first goal with us on the ropes.

BOTH players made positive runs supporting each other. We were otherwise lethargic and lacking in urgency all game until then.

BUT the positive dynamic run first by Kolasinac and then the gamble and burst into the box by Martinelli to meet the superb masterclass Kolasinac cut back gave us the critical breather to get the monkey off the back.

As mentioned we have plenty of pace out wide but we are not using it efficiently with way too many touches in transition. When we can use the fullbacks and wide players more, we will get dividend. BUT allowing the fullbacks to go forward with less jeopardy to midfield and critically the Cbacks means wide players must be prepared to track back and COMPETE.

I still don’t see this anywhere near enough output from Pepe and Auba when he is out left.

So some positives yesterday but it could have easily been sour had we faced a better team with confidence.

If we don’t take the negatives in yesterday and make some serious effort, we are going to drop again. City next then there’s Chelsea and United on the horizon.

Nothing to be complacent about yesterday if taking nothing away from a very welcome result either.

Santori
Santori

https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/50556045

Serge Gnabry.

How we sent him inexplicably off to Tony Pubis the idjit.

And how we screwed up. Instead of either forcing Ox to sign or promote Gnabry, we let him go. He went to tutelage under Robben and Riberry.

Insightful to note what they instructed him. Always work out of your comfort zone. He has been prolific going forward but since then has improved on defensive work

This is something Pepe and the younger hopefuls in Martinelli, Nelson and Saka need to take note of.

We do not have that world class mentality at the moment. These players (and fans) assume we are there with 9 minutes of wonder but 87 minutes of mediocrity.

We need to work far harder off ball nd that includes the wide forwards.