Watch: Gabriel Martinelli impresses Arsenal fans with brilliant pressing
Gabriel Martinelli showed Arsenal what they’ve been missing this season with a brilliant performance in their 3-1 win over Chelsea.
After joining the club from Ituano in 2019, Martinelli became the first teenager to score 10 goals in a season for Arsenal since Nicolas Anelka in 1998-
The striker then picked up an untimely knee injury during a training session and spent a number of months on the sidelines.
After making his eagerly anticipated return in the League Cup defeat to Manchester City, he was named in the starting line-up against Frank Lampard’s side.
He impressed alongside Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe, terrorising Chelsea’s defence from the left wing while providing a fresh injection of energy.
The highlight of the 19-year-old’s game came in the first half when he showed an incredible engine to lead the press and push Chelsea back into their own half.
This is Martinelli’s third game back from a lengthy injury btw 🤯pic.twitter.com/0GQGHP79gf
— #14 (@AFCTempo) December 27, 2020
Watching Martinelli press like that 😍
— Rafael (@R_Rafael69) December 26, 2020
Martinelli makes such a difference. When he goes to press u see every one else start to do the same as well around him
— sensiblegooner (@sensiblegooner2) December 26, 2020
Wanna know what martinelli can do when he doesn't score, today was the perfect example. His ability to retain possession and press as relentlessly as he does is incredible
— Nicø (@Anonymous1076) December 26, 2020
martinelli is a cheat code . why does he press more than everyone on the pitch is it superpowers ?
— k (@khano__) December 26, 2020