Gabriel Martinelli says he’s lucky to be able to play alongside Gabriel Jesus and Bukayo Saka every week and that the trio are constantly discussing how they can make life difficult for their opponents.
So far this season, Mikel Arteta has been able to field his favoured attacking trio in every single Premier League match and that stability is paying dividends. With five goals each and 13 assists between them, you could argue they are currently the most complete frontline in England.
Last week, Jesus, the elder statesman, lauded the 21-year-olds as ‘machines’. Facing the media ahead of Arsenal’s clash with FC Zurich, Martinelli returned the compliment.
“I think it’s because of him [Jesus]. He makes our job a lot easier. He always tries to give advice to us, he’s still [only] 25 but he’s an experienced player, a very good guy and one of the captains as well. Everyone knows how much he brings to the team, everyone loves him.”
He added: “I think when you play with good players, it’s easy. I look to him [Jesus] and he’s always moving, I look to Bukayo and he’s always willing to play as well so it becomes easier to adapt.
“If sometimes, you can see in the games, he goes wide and I go central. In the goal that I scored against Forest, I was wide, I got the ball played it to Bukayo, he was wide and went to the wing and I went inside the box.
“Everyone can see when we change our positions. We like to do it, we always talk about it because we say that we are players that like to move and rotate and this is good. It’s hard for the defenders to mark us and we need to keep doing it.
“When you play with good players they make you better. I’m lucky to play with Jesus and and him. Everyone in the team is trying their best and that’s why we are doing well.”
While Martinelli confirmed he had set himself a target for goals and assists this season, he wouldn’t share the figures he’s targeting.
“I’m doing well, I hope at the end of the season I reach these numbers,” he joked.
“Score more goals and more assists. If I can do it, I will be very happy and will help the team more. I am confident, the whole team gives me this confidence as well. Sometimes I just need to be calm to take the decisions. I need to score more goals and give more assists.”