Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta praised winger Gabriel Martinelli for his willingness to take risks and believes he is becoming a well-rounded player. Martinelli has scored three goals in his last two appearances against West Ham and Leeds as Arsenal moved into the Top Four for the first time this season. He has slotted in perfectly for ousted captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and his omission from team selection.
“He (Martinelli) trains incredibly hard, he is always willing to do more and he is not scared or afraid to take risks – and that is what I like about him,” Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said about forward Gabriel Martinelli. “You cannot play every action at 100mph, it is impossible. It is not very efficient for you because you burn yourself out after a few minutes, and then you’re just chasing a situation and not reading exactly what is needed. Gabi is doing much better at that. We have to try to do that without losing the passion, the energy, and this capacity he has to just affect the game with the way he acts on the pitch.”
“Every time the ball is 50/50 he is going to chase it and he’s going to use his body, his speed, his technical ability to get away from you and you have to be careful, because he can attack you one v one, he can attack your back, he can make movements off the ball. He is a real threat in front of goal,” Arteta added.