Arsenal landed defender David Luiz from Chelsea last month.
Arsenal’s new talent Gabriel Martinelli has told Globo Esporte back in Brazil that it was ‘exceptional’ to see David Luiz join Arsenal this summer.
The Gunners beat Nottingham Forest 5-0 on Tuesday night, advancing into the fourth round of the Carabao Cup with Martinelli stealing the headlines.
Martinelli opened the scoring with a fine header, and then rounded off the win with a superb long-range strike, leaving Arsenal fans dazzled.
Fans took to Twitter to compare the 18-year-old to Liverpool star and compatriot Roberto Firmino, and whilst that may be a little premature, it’s clear there’s excitement building about Martinelli.
Signed from Ituano this summer, Martinelli arrived as a relative unknown, but may now emerge as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s leading cover given that Alexandre Lacazette is injured and Eddie Nketiah is out on loan at Leeds United.
Unai Emery must now attempt to guide Martinelli’s development in English football, but it also seems that David Luiz can be a huge influence on the attacker.
Luiz – Arsenal’s final addition of the summer window – has blown hot and cold since signing from Chelsea last month, but it’s clear that Martinelli looks up to the veteran defender as a fellow Brazilian.
Martinelli has called his arrival at Arsenal ‘exceptional’, admitting that he helps him communicate with coaches and how to speak English, which could be vital for his progression with the Gunners.
“It was exceptional for me that David Luiz arrived in the group because he is Brazilian and helps me in everything in communication with the fitness coach, something I have to do. If I have questions I ask him how he talks,” said Martinelli.