Bernd Leno tips Arsenal star Gabriel Martinelli to become ‘world class’ under Mikel Arteta

Gabriel Martinelli has prospered at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)
Gabriel Martinelli has prospered at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno believes Gabriel Martinelli has the potential to become a ‘world class’ player at the Emirates.

The Brazilian’s been one of the few positive aspects of Arsenal’s season and the 18-year-old has scored ten goals in just 26 appearances for the Gunners.

Martinelli spent time at both Manchester United and Barcelona on trial earlier in his career but it was Arsenal that pounced to sign him for £6million last summer from Ituano.

That decision is already looking a shrewd one and Leno feels Martinelli can become of the best players in the world if he continues on his current path.

Leno is tipping Martinelli to continue his progression (Picture: Getty)
Leno is tipping Martinelli to continue his progression (Picture: Getty)

‘He can become a world class player. World class 100 per cent because he has talent, he has quality.

‘But I think his biggest strength is his mentality. He is working unbelievably (hard).

‘I remember in our bad time when we struggled a lot, he was working so hard, he was one of the leaders and at 18 years old he came from nowhere, nobody knew him before and to play like this, to behave like this, is very good to see

‘I think if he keeps going like this he will be an unbelievable player.’

Arsenal were the first Premier League club to allow players back into the training ground to undergo personal training sessions.

The Gunners enforced strict social distancing measures but other clubs have now followed their lead as clubs prepare for the return of the Premier League.

Clubs are set to meet this week and are hopeful that the government will give a tentative agreement to a return date of June 8th.

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