Top facts about Gabriel Martinelli, Arsenal’s young forward

Sun 20 December 2020 | 6:30

Playing in one of the best leagues worldwide, Gabriel Martinelli is one of the most talented under 20 football players in the world.

Nowadays, football is not the dominance of experienced players, on the contrary, fans and coaches are being impressed by young players’ talent and their performances. Among well-known football clubs in Europe,


is the one with big number of youngsters. In the Gunners’ squad, you can always find a lot of young players, to whom some crucial roles are given.

In the current Arsenal team, Gabriel Martinelli is one of the youngest squad members, like Bukayo Saka, Eddie Nletiah, and Ainsley Maitland-Niles. Martinelli is one of Arsenal’s strikers and has to compete with great players like Pierre Emmerick Aubameyang and Alexander Lacazette to get in the starting line-up. In this article, we want to review

top facts about Gabriel martinelli

and take a look at different points related to him.

Top facts about Gabriel Martinelli you probably did not know

Now it is time to go over some of the top facts about Gabriel Martinelli.

Gabriel Martinelli personal life

Gabriel Teodoro Martinelli Silva, commonly known as Gabriel Martinelli, was born on 18 June 2001 in Guarulhos, the second most populous city in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo. Gabriel Martinelli parents are Mr. Joao Martinelli and Mrs. Silva. Martinelli comes from a poor family background and his family lived in one of the poorest areas of Guarulhos. Their area is only known for producing kids with talents in football.

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Gabriel Martinelli childhood

Although his parents were doubtful about his success in football and preferred their son get some formal education,

Gabriel Martinelli childhood

was spent with no interest in studies, and he just enjoyed playing football.

Gabriel Martinelli playing futsal

The current Arsenal striker began his playing career in futsal. At the age of nine, Gabriel Martinelli was called up by the Corinthians futsal team in order to pass trials. Martinelli, having quick feet and close control, easily impressed the team’s coach and convinced them to recruit him. At the Corinthians futsal team, Martinelli scored 122 goals, including 66 goals in the special division of the Metropolitan Championship, and 56 in the State Gold series. In the following year, he split between futsal and football, playing in the sub-11 teams: he scored 20 times on the court and another 11 on the pitch.

Gabriel Martinelli girlfriend

Gabriel Martinelli is reported to have a girlfriend, named Rachel Akemy. According to some sources, they engaged a monthe after Gabriel joined Arsenal. However, there is no footprint of

Gabriel Martinelli girlfriend

in his Instagram.

Gabriel Martinelli Career

In this part of top facts about Gabriel Martinelli, we are going to review his career.

Corinthians: from futsal to football

From 2012, the fields became his priority and, until 2014, in the sub-11, under-13 and some games already in the Corinthians sub-15, Gabriel added 48 more goals-totaling 202. During his bright Corinthians era,

Gabriel Martinelli career

saw a breakthrough as he received a professional offer from then Brazilian fourth division team, Ituano FC in 2015. That year, Gabriel Martinelli also had some trials in Europe at clubs such as Manchester United and Barcelona.

Ituano: the first senior step

On 4 November 2017, Martinelli signed his first professional contract until October 2022. He made his professional debut the following 17 March, coming on as a late substitute for goalscorer Claudinho in a 2–1 away win; at the age of 16 years and nine months, he became the youngest player to debut for the club in the century.

Martinelli scored his first senior goal on 8 September 2018, netting his team's second in a 4–1 away routing of Taboão da Serra, for the year's Copa Paulista. Definitively promoted to the first team for the 2019 Campeonato Paulista, he scored six goals during the competition, being the club's top goalscorer as they reached the quarterfinals; highlights included a brace in a 3–0 away win against Bragantino on 15 March.

Arsenal: a dream came true

Martinelli was reportedly subject to interest from a number of clubs, but signed a long term contract with Premier League club Arsenal on 2 July 2019. As he holds an Italian passport, he was able to play immediately as he does not require a visa or work permit. He scored a goal on his non-competitive debut, in a 3–0 pre-season victory against the Colorado Rapids.

Finally, one of the greatest days of Gabriel Martinelli career came, and he made his Premier League debut on 11 August 2019 in a 1–0 win against

Newcastle United

. In that clash, Martinelli entered the pitch in the 84th minute as a substitute for Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

On 24 September, Martinelli scored a brace on his first competitive start for the club in a 5–0 victory over Championship side Nottingham Forest in the EFL Cup. Martinelli opened and closed the scoring, first with a near-post header, and secondly with a long-range effort. Both were assisted by Calum Chambers. His performance received praise from head coach Unai Emery, who said: "He's hungry to have that opportunity to help us, he is very humble, he fights. I told him to have some patience for his opportunity to do like he was doing. He did that. He deserved it."

Martinelli made his second start for Arsenal in a 4–0 home win over Standard Liege in the UEFA Europa League, in which he scored another brace. His first goal came in the thirteenth minute following a cross from fellow summer signing Kieran Tierney. He added his second three minutes later by cutting in on his right foot in the penalty area and scoring into the far corner.

Martinelli also created his first assist of the season by setting up Arsenal's fourth goal, which was scored by Dani Ceballos. Martinelli kept up his goalscoring form, netting the equaliser in a 3–2 home win over Vitória Guimarães, with another header.

In the League Cup fourth round, another brace came to Gabriel Martinelli career, as he registered it in a 5–5 draw with


. Martinelli also scored his penalty in the penalty shootout, which Arsenal eventually lost. As a result, Martinelli became the highest-scoring teenager for a top-five European league club, netting seven goals in seven appearances in all competitions.

Another point in

top facts about Gabriel Martinelli

is that he also became the first player to score four times in his first four starts since Ian Wright. Martinelli's performance received praise from Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp, who labelled him '[the] talent of the century'.

Again surprising about this wonderkid, Martinelli's performances led to him being awarded the Arsenal 'Player of the Month' award for October, receiving 75% of the total votes cast, beating out Mattéo Guendouzi and fellow teammate Nicolas Pépé. On 28 November, Martinelli recorded another assist, setting up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in a 1–2 home loss to Eintracht Frankfurt.

After the appointment of interim head coach Freddie Ljungberg, Martinelli started his first Premier League game and scored Arsenal's equaliser in an eventual 1–3 win over

West Ham United

in one of the derbies in the capital London. After the appointment of permanent head coach Mikel Arteta, he scored his second league goal in Arsenal's 1–1 draw with Sheffield United on 11 January.

One of the top facts about Gabriel Martinelli and his career is the goal scoring skill of the guy in London derbies. After the Sheffield United game, Martinelli scored in a 2–2 away draw at


; his goal involved a 67-yard direct sprint across the field to net Arsenal's first equaliser. The goal made Martinelli the first teenager to reach double figures in a single season for Arsenal since Nicolas Anelka.

The goal was later voted as Arsenal's Goal of the Season by the club's fans. On 3 July 2020, Martinelli signed a new contract with the club, thought to be a four-year deal, with a team option for an extra year. Shortly thereafter, Martinelli was ruled out until the end of 2020, after undergoing surgery to repair a lesion in the cartilage of his knee, following an injury sustained in training on June 21.

Gabriel Martinelli international career

Due to an Italian descent through his father, Gabriel Martinelli international career could be started after a crucial decision by him. The player has made a single appearance for the U 23 Brazil team in November 2019. However, the nineteen year-old still has time to choose between Italy and Brazil national teams, because of his dual Brazilian-Italian citizenship.

Gabriel Martinelli statistics

After scoring more than two hundred goals for Corinthians, Martinelli experienced a professional atmosphere at Ituana FC. There, although he did not achieve the opportunity of playing in the national league, he demonstrated his skills in other tournaments, like state league. At Ituana FC,

Gabriel Martinelli statistics

showed a number of ten goals in his 34 matches.

By moving to one of (and arguably) the best football leagues in the world, Gabriel Martinelli statistics did not changed and he continued his brilliant performances. Gabriel Martinelli at Arsenal repeated his ten goals like at the previous club, but in 27 appearances. He has scored 3 European goals for the Gunners, and the same amount in the Premier League.

Gabriel Martinelli Honors

No one expects a young talented player to have many trophies and honors. His biggest achievement has been the move to European football and getting noticed by the best clubs there. However, we can mention three individual awards as

Gabriel Martinelli honors

so far. In 2019, Martinelli was named the best newcomer, countryside player of the year, and also a member of the team of the year in the Campeonato Paulista competition in Brazil.

Gabriel Martinelli net worth

After signing his first major contract with The Gunners,

Gabriel Martinelli net worth

has seen a significant rise to €4 million (£3.6 million). The teenager also has a market value of €7 million (£6.3 million).

Gabriel Martinelli salary

One of the top facts about Gabriel Martinelli is that as a teenager, the contract with Arsenal nets him a tremendous salary of 1.2 Million Euro (1.1 Million Pound) per year.

Gabriel Martinelli Instagram

Not spending a lot of time in Europe as a world-class player,

Gabriel Martinelli Instagram

seems like celebrities. He has more followers than some teammates like Brend Leno and Thomas Partey, and also more than his coach, Mikel Arteta. His Instagram page,


, is verified by 1 million followers.

Some quotes on Gabriel Martinelli

The performance shown by Gabriel Martinelli has made some impressed coaches talk about him. Here, in this part of

top facts about Gabriel Martinelli

, we take a look at some of these quotes.

  • Jurgen Klopp after Martinelli’s brace against Liverpool: “[Van den Berg] played an incredible game. That’s really difficult to deal with these guys. Martinelli’s pretty much the same age but he’s a talent of the century, he’s an incredible striker, so it’s really difficult.”

  • Arsenal's then-interim head coach Freddie Ljungberg on Martinelli's Premier League debut: "Martinelli did amazing. He's like a Duracell battery, he keeps going."

  • Arsenal's head coach Mikel Arteta on Martinelli's performances: "He's an 18-year-old kid with all the enthusiasm [but is] brave [enough] to threaten the opponent every time. The way he went about every single action is impressive."

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Gabriel Martinelli quotes

Like many otherwise and great people, Gabriel Martinelli has expressed some of the important moments of his life, with his brilliant quotes. Here we have collected a number of

Gabriel Martinelli quotes

for you.

  • On his family support:

“I guess the most important thing is that I’ve always known I would be a footballer. My family and I always believed I could do it. They boosted my confidence and have supported me, no matter what.”

  • On Paul Pogba welcoming him in Manchester:

"There was a project between Ituano and Manchester United, and they always took a player. And I always came for these trip. I could neither speak English nor French, but he [Pogba] said 'tudo bem' (a common Portuguese greeting) and took the picture with me nicely, he was super humble. Those training days were super important for me to adapt to the style of play, the players and how fast the game is here."

  • On La Masia experience:

“My training with La Masia was one of the best experiences I’ve had in football. Besides being one of the biggest academies in the world, the level of training is very high and it made me grow a lot in football.”

So here it was! Our article on top facts about Gabriel Martinelli. Which part did you like the most? Any facts you want to add to the list of facts about this Brazilian wonderkid? Let us know in the comment section.




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