Following Arsenal’s win over Everton on Sunday, Gunners’ star Gabriel Martinelli spoke to the Brazilian media about the emotions surrounding that match.

Mikel Arteta’s side depended on Manchester City’s result to possibly win the league title, so they were concerned about what was happening at during that match against West Ham United.

Interviewed by ESPN Brasil, Martinelli explained that Arsenal players heard the fans celebrate West Ham’s goal, and that gave them a lift to do what they needed to against Everton.

“We tried to focus on our game. It wouldn’t do any good if we didn’t win here. We did our best. But we listened to the fans.

“When West Ham scored, we heard their euphoria… I’m happy about the season and a bit sad about how it ended.”

Martinelli also talked about the disappointment about losing the Premier League title, despite insisting he’s still proud of how Arsenal did this season.

“I’d like to thank our fans. I’d like to thank everyone who supported us, who sent messages, who made it to the stadium. We’re proud of that support.

“We can’t dismiss the year, we can’t say it wasn’t good, because it was excellent. After years out of the Champions League, we played, we beat Bayern Munich. Maybe we lacked a bit of luck in some games. Everyone knows how strong City are. But I was happy with my team and our season.”

The Brazilian is still just 22-years-of-age, with a contract at Arsenal running until 2027, with an option for another year, so he’ll hope for more chances to win a Premier League title with the Gunners in the coming years.

Martinelli made 44 appearances for Arsenal this season, scoring eight goals and contributing five assists. That led him to get called up by Brazil for the Copa América next month. Even though he’ll have little time to rest, he’s clearly excited about the opportunity.

“I’m very happy to have been called up, we have a very good team. I’m really looking forward to it. We won’t be able to rest, but that’s the price you pay. I hope we can have an excellent Copa America and bring home that title.”