Arsenal striker Gabriel Martinelli is working hard to find his place at the club. The 18-year-old, who arrived in the summer, claims to be having a great adaptation with the Gunners.
The Brazilian has been interviewed by Lance this week, and gave a few details of his reception at the club, pointing out some people who have been very important for him so far.
“The coach is a great person, and I’m learning a lot from him on a daily basis. I try to do my best in training so that, when I have the opportunity, to grasp it with everything. Edu is an exceptional guy, a great professional, victorious and who made history with the Arsenal shirt. We talked a lot when I arrived and, undoubtedly, having a person like him around motivates us more and more.
“I was received in the best way possible. Being very young, I got a little shy, because I only saw these players on television, on video games. But they welcomed me very well, making me feel at home and I try to learn from them on a daily basis.”
Although Martinelli directly joined Arsenal’s first team, he’s never really had that experience at a top level.
At his former club Ituano, he would only play the State Championship, with the only big clubs involved being Corinthians, Palmeiras, Santos and São Paulo. This is the first time he gets to play a national league, having made his debut against Newcastle United last month.
Now he talks a little about his goals at the club, saying he initially wants to find his place in the first team: “As it’s my first season, I want to show my potential to steady myself at the first team. I know the squad is packed with great players, but I know what I can do and my goal is to help the team. I think we can achieve great things this season by winning titles and marking our name in Arsenal’s history.”