Oleksandr Zinchenko claims Arsenal have the new ‘special’ in Brazilian striker Gabriel Martinellie.
Manchester City’s summer signing has had a huge impact since reuniting with Mikel Arteta at the Emirates Stadium and played a pivotal role in three successive wins before suffering a minor knee injury.
In Zinchenko’s absence, Arsenal have maintained their winning streak and head to Old Trafford on Sunday to extend their flawless start to the new campaign.
The form of the prodigious Martinelli has been central to the success of Arteta’s new Arsenal look and the 21-year-old helped secure all three points against Aston Villa on Wednesday with a late winner, his third goal of the campaign already.
Zinchenko insists he wasn’t too surprised by the quality of his new teammates, but the attitude and application Martinelli showed blew him away.
He said: ‘Honestly I wasn’t surprised much because I knew the quality of the players here but obviously if you want me to pick one because obviously I’ve known Gabriel Jesus for a while and we don’t count him , I think Gabriel Martinelli.
‘He is the special. From the first days I saw his footwork, his attitude and the way he worked. Honestly, this guy if he wants to go on, remember his name. He is incredible.
Arsenal struggled to score goals last season and Martinelli’s improved production was a welcome boost for Arteta who urged his side to be more ruthless.
Speaking after the win over Villa, he said: “It’s the hardest thing in football to score goals, but today we had big, big, big chances and we didn’t get them. not set aside, but obviously the intention of the players is to score.
“I think Gabi Martinelli’s goal is really difficult technique, the height of the ball, the angle he takes, the way he approaches the ball and he still managed to hit the target and that always gives you a chance.
“We are working on it all the time and I think we are improving a lot and as always there is room for improvement.”
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