Watch: Gabriel Martinelli beats four players with excellent wing-play

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Arsenal striker Gabriel Martinelli during their victory over Leicester at Emirates Stadium, London, March 2022.

Gabriel Martinelli capped off a fine week with a pivotal role in Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over Leicester City on Sunday – with one piece of stunning wing-play catching our attention.

Martinelli was called into the senior Brazil squad for the first time on Friday alongside Arsenal team-mate Gabriel Magalhaes.

He’s become a regular starter on the left-wing following Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s exclusion from the squad which led to his departure to Barcelona.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was full of praise for the young Brazilian in his pre-match press conference ahead of the match with Leicester.

“Gabi’s playing a different position because Auba played more as a nine in his last few months,” Arteta said.

“He certainly has the capacity to score goals and be a threat in the final third. His contribution and all-round game has been exceptional.”

And Martinelli enjoyed a brilliant performance in Arsenal’s latest win, setting up Thomas Partey for the opening goal with a pinpoint cross.

The 20-year-old terrorised the Leicester defence all afternoon, with one piece of skill illustrating the impact he had against Brendan Rodgers’ side.

Martinelli travelled with the ball down the left flank but found himself crowded out by four Leicester defenders. Problem? Not quite.

Demonstrating his ability to escape from tight situations, the forward took the ball all the way to the byline before cutting it back for Alexandre Lacazette. Only some scrambled Leicester defending prevented Arsenal from adding to their tally.

Sunday’s success leaves the Gunners in pole position for Champions League qualification and you can be sure Martinelli will have an important role to play at the club over the coming years.


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