Rob Holding shares what he's seen from Gabriel Martinelli in training

Arsenal's Rob Holding after the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Arsenal and Nottingham Forest at Emirates Stadium on September 24, 2019 in London, England.

Arsenal beat Nottingham Forest 5-0 on Tuesday night.

Arsenal's Rob Holding after the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Arsenal and Nottingham Forest at Emirates Stadium on September 24, 2019 in London, England.

Arsenal defender Rob Holding has told the club's official website that new forward Gabriel Martinelli has 'been a handful' in training.

The Gunners took on Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night, and eased to a 5-0 win with Martinelli getting on the scoresheet twice.

Martinelli opened the scoring with a fine header, before Holding, Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson added goals, and Martinelli then curled home a fine long-range strike to round off the scoring.

 

A number of young players impressed, but it was forward Martinelli who grabbed the headlines with his brace in his first competitive start.

Signed from Ituano this summer, Martinelli arrived as something of an unknown, but made a real impression on fans at the Emirates Stadium last night.

Fans took to Twitter to compare him to Liverpool's Roberto Firmino, seemingly impressed with his all-round performance in the thrashing of the Championship side.

Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal FC looks on during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Arsenal FC and Nottingham Forrest at Emirates Stadium on September 24, 2019 in London, England.

Now, teammate Holding has admitted that Martinelli has been 'a handful' in training, praising him as a 'sharp lad' and hopes he can continue to impress.

“Yeah, he’s been a handful in training,” said Holding. “He’s a sharp lad and he’s a natural finisher. You saw that header, he’s a small lad and he got up there and won it. He’s impressive so hopefully he can continue with that,” he added.

Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal FC during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Arsenal FC and Nottingham Forrest at Emirates Stadium on September 24, 2019 in London, England.

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