Arsenal starlet Gabriel Martinelli has spoken to his home country’s press following the 3-1 win over West Ham on Monday.
The 18-year-old scored one of the Gunners’ goals last night, and became the youngest player at the club to do so in his first start.
Speaking to ESPN Brasil, he’s spoken about the great times he’s living in London, and has claimed he’s been getting some great support from people around him, especially Freddie Ljungberg.
“I have to thank God and my family, who are always with me at all times. Yesterday in training he talked to me and said that he wanted me to do my best, to continue the way I had been playing in the other games, and I was able to take the opportunity thanks to God, we managed to win and I was crowned with the goal.”
On his quick adaptation, he said: “I think my family being with me, supporting me at all times. My teammates, Freddie always supports me. So I think it helps a lot.”
Asked why his game has suited Premier League football so well, Martinelli said: “I think because I give a lot from myself all the time, I try to play for the team. So I think it’s been working, I’ll keep doing it.”
Signed from Brazilian non league side Ituano in a €6.7m deal last summer, Martinelli was supposed to have a slow development at Arsenal, but ended up having some impact way sooner than expected.
In 14 appearances for the Gunners so far, Martinelli has eight goals and two assists.
That’s an average of one goal every 87 minutes.