Gabriel Martinelli opens up on best and most "difficult" things about playing for Arsenal

Arsenal wonder kid Gabriel Martinelli has opened up on the best things about playing for the Gunners – and how “difficult” it is to learn English.

Forward Martinelli has been a rare revelation for the Gunners in a disappointing season, having netted 10 goals in 22 appearances in all competitions.

The 18-year-old, who joined from Ituano in the summer, has bagged on each of his last two Premier League outings and has become a regular in Mikel Arteta’s starting XIs.

But Martinelli has revealed all about his very first day at Arsenal’s training ground London Colney in the summer – and the dream like nature to it.

“The first day I arrived it was very interesting,” Martinelli told Estadao.“I took the photos at the club and went to lunch, it was a very big table. They came to talk to me and I didn’t even know how to answer.

“Then I changed and went to the gym. All the players were there and I thought, ‘My God in heaven, it is a dream to be here with football stars’.

“These are things that inspire me. It’s a dream come true.”

His incredible performances have not gone unnoticed from the fans at the Emirates with a chant already being penned for him.

To the tune of ‘Sugar Sugar’ by the Archies the supporters sing: Gabi, du du du du du du, oh Martinelli, du du du du du du, he comes from Sao Paulo and he plays for Arsenal.”

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Martinelli is overjoyed at being the centre of their attention – with it being a far cry from life in Brazil.

He said: “I am very grateful for everything they have done since I arrived at Arsenal. They always send a lot of messages, when I’m at the game they applaud me.

“Some go to the CT door, take pictures at the stadium, after the game. It’s a very good relationship. In Brazil, I played for Ituano and had this notion, but here it is quite different.”

It isn’t all plain sailing for Martinelli, as he struggles to learn a new language.

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“I’m learning. In order to speak with teammates, most of them can speak Spanish and I can learn some English.

“But, to give interviews, it is more difficult. I study inside the club, they provide classes. I always try to do it when I’m not traveling because of the games.

“It is undoubtedly one of the most difficult parts because I had never done any English until I got here.”


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