Arsenal winger Gabriel Martinelli has an “unbelievable future” in the game, according to his new Gunners teammate Oleksandr Zinchenko.
The Brazilian dynamo has scored in both of the north Londoners’ opening two matches – a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace and a 4-2 win against Leicester City – and the £32m summer signing has waxed lyrical about his talents to Standard Sport this week.
“He is incredible, he is a real diamond,” Zinchenko claimed.
“I would say exactly the same things about him that I say about Gabriel Jesus.
“The way these two guys are working — how everyone is working really — every single day is unbelievable. He [Martinelli] has got amazing quality and he’s still young. I am pretty sure he has an unbelievable future.”
Martinelli, who is still only 21, arrived as an unknown, skinny young kid from Brazilian side Ituano back in July 2019 for a fee reported to be in the region of £6m.
“I look up to Cristiano Ronaldo, [Lionel] Messi and Neymar as they are players who can decide games and are very professional, who dedicate themselves to the whole game,” the young winger said upon arrival to the club’s official website.
Three senior caps, 86 competitive appearances and 33 goal contributions later, we’re seeing that all come to fruition as the 5 foot 10 winger has the ability to get fans on the edge of their seats with his tenacious and skilful play down the left flank.
It was something of a breakthrough campaign for Martinelli last season as manager Mikel Arteta trusted him to start more regularly – across 36 games in all competitions, he delivered six goals and seven assists, as per Transfermarkt.
He has broken numerous records along the way.
In October 2019, he became the first player since Ian Wright to score four times in his first four starts, then in January 2020, Martinelli became the first teenager since Nicolas Anelka to hit double figures in a season for the Gunners.
His strike to achieve that feat against Chelsea was a blistering counter-attack from the Blues’ own corner as he ran the length of the pitch to fire home past Kepa Arrizabalaga. It was voted as the ‘Goal of the Season’ for that campaign.
The Brazil sensation has enjoyed a red-hot start to the 2022/23 campaign and he shows no signs of letting up just yet, meaning those around the Premier League must be fearful when they see his name on the teamsheet.
Martinelli is now valued at a whopping €50m (£42m) by CIES Football Observatory, who assess the transfer value of professional footballers on a scientific basis, which means technical director Edu Gaspar and his staff have already seen a potential 600% return on their investment.
Given his level of performance, the high praise from a four-time Premier League champion and the drastic increase in his transfer value, it’s fair to suggest that the Gunners have struck gold with Martinelli.