Gabriel Martinelli’s stoppage-time strike proved to be a decisive moment as Arsenal ran out 3-1 winners at Crystal Palace to keep our hopes of qualifying for Europe alive.
Collecting a fine lofted pass by Martin Odegaard, the Brazilian scored from close range to give the Gunners a late lead before Nicolas Pepe added to his first half effort with the final kick of the game.
After the match, Martinelli faced the BT Sport cameras. He’s not done many interviews in English so it was short and sweet. Just like his cameo…
“It’s so important the victory,” he said. “We need this victory to believe [in qualification] for the Europa League for next season.
“I’m always ready, when Mikel needs me, I’ll always be there to come on and score a goal.
“It’s not easy [being on the bench] but as I said, I’m always ready when Mikel needs me.”
He added: “We have brilliant players and we believe in the Europa League so we need to fight. We have one more game so we go there and try to beat them [Brighton].”
At the time of writing Arsenal sit in 9th place but with only one point separating us from Sp*rs and Everton, there’s still a chance we might earn a place in the inaugural Europa Conference League. Depending on what West Ham do this evening, we could even squeeze into the Europa League.
Either way, St Totteringham’s Day is back on the table and that’s reason enough to be hopeful of a win against Brighton on Sunday.