Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta reveals Gabriel Martinelli’s greatest attribute

Mikel Arteta has heaped praise on Arsenal forward Gabriel Martinelli
Mikel Arteta has heaped praise on Arsenal forward Gabriel Martinelli (Picture: Getty)

Mikel Arteta has heaped praise on Arsenal forward Gabriel Martinelli and says his greatest attribute is his ‘personality’.

Brazilian star Martinelli, 18, is rated as one of the most promising players in world football and has scored ten goals in 23 appearances for the Gunners this season.

The teenage sensation made his Arsenal debut in August 2019 and Arteta has been impressed by both his ability on the pitch and his attitude off it.

‘For me the biggest one [attribute] is his hunger, his attitude and his willingness,’ Arteta said on Monday.

‘After that obviously he’s a player that is a threat on goal, he can finish, he can run in behind and he’s a fighter.

‘But the biggest attribute is his personality when he’s on that pitch. It doesn’t matter what type of game it is, he just wants to win and do his best every single day.’

Arteta returned to Arsenal in December after being confirmed as Unai Emery’s permanent replacement.

And Gunners hero Emmanuel Petit has been impressed by Arteta’s start as manager despite Arsenal winning just three times since he took over.

‘When Mikel Arteta took over at Arsenal, the team was sick,’ Petit told Paddy Power.

‘Sick on the pitch and in the dressing room. They were losing shape and blindly going nowhere. They were weak.

Arsenal manager Arteta is a big admirer of Martinelli
Arsenal manager Arteta is a big admirer of Martinelli (Picture: Getty)

‘Now, after several weeks of the Arteta regime I’ve seen different things happening in terms of intensity, togetherness and work rate off the ball.

‘They haven’t been winning as many games as they’d like but they also haven’t been losing. Sooner or later, they are going to start winning games.’

Arsenal, who are currently tenth in the Premier League, face Newcastle United next weekend.

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