Our View: Arsenal have made a superb call and left European giants feeling stupid

Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal celebrates scoring the fifth goal during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Arsenal and Nottingham Forest at Emirates Stadium on September 24, 2019 in...

Gabriel Martinelli joined Arsenal last summer after being snubbed by Barcelona.

Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Arsenal FC at Stamford Bridge on January 21, 2020 in London, United Kingdom.

Arsenal forward Gabriel Martinelli has admitted that he was rejected by Barcelona before moving to the Emirates Stadium, in conversation with Marca.

The 18-year-old, who joined the Gunners from Brazilian side Ituano FC last summer for £6million, has thoroughly impressed at the Emirates since his arrival.

 

With 10 goals and four assists from just 23 Gunners appearances, he has become the first teenage goalscorer to reach double figures for Arsenal since Nicolas Anelka in 1998-99.

It could have been different, however, had Barca followed up on their interest after inviting him to train with them at La Masia for just over two weeks.

However, Martinelli revealed how "they didn't want to do anything" with him and didn't even tell him anything, so he returned to Brazil - and Barca's snub was Arsenal's gain.

Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 1-0 during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Arsenal and Nottingham Forest at Emirates Stadium on September...

And it's not like the teenager wasn't keen on Barca either - he told Marca that "to see how they train, know the structure of the club, the city... it was a dream come true".

But having been snapped up by Arsenal, Martinelli is now finally showing what he's capable of at the highest level, and can only progress further and further under Mikel Arteta's tutelage.

And if a Barca or Real Madrid were to come after his services again, it will surely be for a sum much, much larger than the £6million paid by Arsenal to Ituano.

So, massive credit to Arsenal for making a superb call on Martinelli and leaving Barca most likely feeling stupid.

Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal during a training session at London Colney on January 24, 2020 in St Albans, England.

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