You can take the boy out of Brazil, but you can’t take Brazil out of the boy.
Gabriel Martinelli swapped South America for north London in the summer of 2019, joining Arsenal from Ituano for a reported £6million transfer fee.
Despite a difficult first season in English football that included three different head coaches in Unai Emery, Freddie Ljungberg and Mikel Arteta as well as a world worldwide pandemic, the Brazilian was one of the Gunners’ standout players in 2019/2020.
Injury would cruelly bring Martinelli’s debut campaign for Arsenal to a premature end, although he did manage to score 10 goals across all competitions – including finding the back of the net at both Stamford Bridge and Anfield.
As a result, he was tipped for a bright future by none other than Brazil legend Ronaldinho, who picked out a couple of attributes that make Martinelli comparable with another icon in Ronaldo.
“We as Brazilians are very excited about him and his future,” Ronaldinho told the Mirror. “It is one thing to have the talent – but another at the age of 18 to have the confidence.