Having signed from Ituano to very little fanfare, Gabriel Martinelli has arguably been one of Arsenal’s brightest performers in pre-season.
Along with some of the Gunners’ other talented prospects, the 18-year-old has shown tantalising glimpses of the potential he possesses, and delivered another statement-making performance against Barcelona on Sunday.
The Brazilian’s cameo display was full of energy and on more than one occasion showed he has a great knack of arriving at the right time for deliveries into the box.
Despite Unai Emery’s side falling to a late defeat in their final pre-season match of the summer, Arsenal fans took to Twitter to hail Martinelli’s impressive performance.
Many urged the Gunners to play the teenager ahead of more established first-team stars like Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and felt he is already showing that he is deserving of more opportunities.
Indeed, some simply insisted that Martinelli is a “baller” and praised his directness and willingness to get into the box to score goals.
Check out some of the reaction of Arsenal fans below:
Play him over Mkhi
— SP (@NicoEra19) 5 August 2019
This guy looks like a serious baller
— The Emery Effect (@AFCD0N) 5 August 2019
@MrDtAFC He is good, the few times I’ve seen him play he was sharp, can run out defenders, takes position and thats something we’ve lacked since Sanchez left
— Ovuokerie j. joshua (@Priminos) 5 August 2019
The guy got heart and brave. liked his cameo today. he started well since arrival here. hope to see him more got pace,very direct good skills. hope to see his finishing well because its new environment new club new philosophy i hope he will not be wasted like others
— Farhan Ahmed (@XdvUecIvHl7O8fz) 5 August 2019
Lad is gonna be a star if he carries on like this. The composure and output on the field at his age, ridiculous.
— Gooner Id (@N1034875616) 5 August 2019
Gabriel Martinelli is a very good player, and has pace. Please start him forever
— Munace (@Munace2) 5 August 2019
He is a talent
— thayo (@THAYOJOSHUA) 5 August 2019
Start him ahead of Mkhi
— D (@DavidN75) 5 August 2019
The guy’s good. He can play a huge role in the coming season
— Kojo Amponsah (@miroyoo20) 5 August 2019