Gabriel Martinelli has today discussed his time spent training with Manchester United, before the youngster’s move to Premier League rivals Arsenal.
18-year-old attacker Martinelli made the move to the Emirates this past summer, from his home country of Brazil.
With Arsenal having also secured the high-profile additions of the likes of Dani Ceballos, Kieran Tierney and Nicolas Pepe, though, Martinelli’s arrival slipped somewhat under the radar.
Our summer 2019 recruits 😎
✏️ Describe this transfer window using just ONE word: _____ pic.twitter.com/mqBsLb1Z6L
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) August 9, 2019
The first-half of the campaign, however, has arguably seen the South American prodigy stand out as the most consistent of the Gunners’ latest batch of signings.
Despite his tender years, Martinelli already looks a genuine star in the making.
The youngster possess all of the desirable traits of a modern attacker, combining touch, stature, poise, pace, the ability to beat opposing defenders and, perhaps most-significantly of all, a real eye for goal.
This has allowed Martinelli to directly contribute to a remarkable 10 goals across 7 appearances between the League Cup and Europa League to this point in the season.
He was also named Arsenal’s Player of the Month for October last month, and recently netted his first Premier League goal, during a meeting with West Ham.
Introducing your October Player of the Month… 🥁
🏆 Gabriel Martinelli 🏆
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) November 8, 2019
Barca miss out
Martinelli’s fledgling career, though, could easily have branched out in a different direction.
The Brazilian previously spent time on trial with both Barcelona and Manchester United.
And, speaking earlier today, Martinelli briefly opened up on his time training with the latter.
During an interview with DAZN, the talented teen revealed that his regular trips to Manchester United’s Carrington base acted as the ideal preparation for his transfer to England, whilst also praising the ‘humble’ Paul Pogba:
‘There was a project between Ituano and Manchester United, and they always took a player. And I always came for these trips.’
‘I could neither speak English nor French, but he [Pogba] said ‘tudo bem’ (a common Portuguese greeting) and took the picture with me nicely. He was super humble.’
‘Those training days were super important for me to adapt to the style of play, the players and how fast the game is here.’