Arsenal signing Pablo Mari raves about ‘incredible’ team-mate Gabriel Martinelli

Gabriel Martinelli is enjoying a phenomenal breakthrough season at Arsenal
Gabriel Martinelli is enjoying a phenomenal breakthrough season at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Pablo Mari has backed Arsenal wonderkid Gabriel Martinelli to go on and ‘become a top player’ if he keeps working hard and makes the most of his ‘incredible talent’.

Martinelli, 18, has burst onto the scene this season, scoring ten goals in 21 appearances, and his solo wonder strike away to arch-rivals Chelsea last month will long live in the memory of Arsenal fans.

The youngster’s outstanding form has even caught the eye of the Brazil national team who are considering offering him a place in their squad for the 2020 Olympics.

Mari knows Brazilian football well after a short spell with Flamengo and the defender had been admiring Martinelli’s performances from afar before his January move to the Emirates.

The Spaniard believes Martinelli is a unique talent but has urged the teenager to keep his feet on the ground and not look too far into the future.

‘Martinelli has shown he is a bit different to any other player in terms of his ability,’ Mari told Arsenal’s official website.

‘He has great vision and there’s real talent there in terms of his dribbling and his ability to choose the right play.

‘His decision-making is improving all the time.

‘Martinelli still has a lot more to show but he has incredible talent and I think gradually he’ll keep developing and become a top player.’

Mari has tipped Martinelli for a big future
Mari has tipped Martinelli for a big future (Picture: Getty)

Mari added: ‘He has exploded on to the scene and is showing that he’s a great player with a lot of talent.

‘Obviously he’s still very young, but he’s already had a taste of playing at the top level and he’s doing very well.

‘I’ll say congratulations when I meet him, but now he just needs to keep it up and work hard because he’s really talented.’

Martinelli's form has caught the attention of football icon Ronaldinho
Martinelli’s form has caught the attention of football icon Ronaldinho (Picture: Getty)

Brazil great Ronaldinho has tipped Martinelli for big things in the future and compared the forward to his legendary former team-mate Ronaldo.

‘We as Brazilians are very excited about him and his future. It is one thing to have the talent – but another at the age of 18 to have the confidence,’ he told The Mirror last month.

‘He reminds me of Ronaldo his first season in Europe he scored 30 goals and people were thinking: “who is this 18 year old Brazilian kid?”

‘He wanted the ball, he would run at players, there was no fear no matter what players or team he was playing against – and I see that similar attitude in Martinelli.

‘He just wants to be on the ball and score goals. Ronaldo went on to be the best player in the world – and that can also be the aim of Martinelli.’

MORE: Barcelona confirm transfer interest in Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

No comments