Gabriel Martinelli scored his second Premier League goal of the season, and his ninth in all competitions, in Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Sheffield United at the Emirates this afternoon.
The young Brazilian was quickest to react to a deflected Bukayo Saka cross just before half-time, and in the absence of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang he filled the gap well from the left hand side.
His hard-running, effective approach was something that drew praise from Mikel Arteta after the game.
“He’s an 18-year-old kid with all the enthusiasm but as well, he’s so brave to make decisions, to threaten the opponent every time,” he said.
“He’s all the time in the middle of the goal, waiting for an opportunity to come. The fact he hasn’t played 90 minutes for a while – since his injury – but is still in the way he went about every single action is impressive.”
Martinelli was perhaps a bit of a surprise choice to start, given how much Arteta talked up Reiss Nelson before the game.
However, it seems as if the 20 year old has suffered an injury set-back which sounds quite serious.
“We had an incident in training,” he said. “The doctors are still deciding how long it’s going to take, but it’s not looking good.”
That’s a blow for him and for the squad, so let’s keep fingers crossed it’s not as bad as it’s being made out right now.