Gabriel Martinelli sets new Arsenal record during West Ham win

Gabriel Martinelli  scored to spark Arsenal's comeback against West Ham
Gabriel Martinelli  scored to spark Arsenal’s comeback against West Ham (Getty Images)

Gabriel Martinelli set a new record for Arsenal as he sparked the Gunners’ comeback in their 3-1 win over West Ham on Monday evening.

Freddie Ljungberg’s side were trailing by half-time but Martinelli equalised in the 60th minute before Nicolas Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang found the net to secure a priceless victory.

Ljungberg made a huge decision to start Martinelli for the first time in the Premier League this season, but the 18-year-old rewarded Arsenal’s interim manager by making Arsenal history.

With his goal against West Ham, Martinelli has become Arsenal’s youngest-ever player to score during their first Premier League start.

Gabriel Martinelli is Arsenal's youngest-ever player to score on his full Premier League debut
Martinelli is Arsenal’s youngest-ever player to score on his full Premier League debut (Getty Images)

But Cesc Fabregas remains Arsenal’s youngest-ever player to score a Premier League goal at 17 years and 113 days old with his goal against Blackburn Rovers in 2004.

Martinelli’s goal against West Ham takes him up to eight for the season in all competitions.

Speaking about Martinelli after Arsenal’s win on Monday evening, Ljungberg said: ‘Gabi is a fantastic player.

‘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.’

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