‘He can be a world-class player for many years to come’: Kieran Tierney heaps praise on ‘mind-blowing’ Arsenal team-mate Gabriel Martinelli
- Gabrielli Martinelli joined Arsenal from Brazilian side Ituano in the summer
- The striker has played a far bigger role than many expected him to this term
- He has managed 10 goals and four assists in 26 appearances in all competitions
Kieran Tierney believes Arsenal have a future world-class player in the form of Gabriel Martinelli.
The 18-year-old joined the Gunners from Brazilian side Ituano in the summer and has made a fine impression.
He has played a far bigger role than many expected him to this term, contributing 10 goals and four assists in 26 appearances in all competitions.
Gabriel Martinelli has made an impact since joining Arsenal from Ituano in the summer
Kieran Tierney says that he has been extremely impressed by his Brazilian team-mate
And Arsenal full-back Tierney admits he has been extremely impressed.
‘Gabriel Martinelli,’ he answered during a Q&A on Reddit, when asked which player had caught his eye during his first few training sessions at the club.
‘When I first did a full training session with the team I was put up against him and the intensity of his play was honestly mind-blowing and I thought to myself, “This is the standard I need to be at to play for Arsenal.”‘
Asked who in the squad he believed could be a world-beater, he answered ‘Martinelli’ once again.
‘I think his hunger and drive and his talent together at one is more than enough to be a world-class player for many years.’
Martinelli has scored 10 goals in 26 appearances in all competitions so far this term
Tierney (left) believes Martinelli (right) has the potential to be a world-class player
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