Gabriel Martinelli showed his commitment to Arsenal when he turned up to training less than 48 hours after winning the Olympic Gold with Brazil.
The young attacker has always been loved by Arsenal supporters. Nobody really knew a lot about him before he joined us, but his impact here in his debut season convinced everyone that he is a generational talent.
After a season filled with injury struggles, Martinelli is working hard to be available throughout this campaign. He started our opening game against Brentford but was fairly quiet. However, he looks like he’s in the mood ahead of our clash against Chelsea this weekend.
Martinelli scores stunning free-kick in Arsenal training
Arsenal players are working really hard at London Colney after a terrible start to the season. We were woeful against Brentford last week and a display as bad as that one simply cannot repeat when Chelsea come to town on Sunday.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are unavailable for the second week in a row due to illness. Martinelli is expected to start again, and the Brazilian looks like he’s ready to pick up another goal against Chelsea.
During a free-kick drill at London Colney yesterday, Martinelli decided to have a pop at goal. The Brazilian has never really been on set-piece duty for us before, but if his stunner on the training ground is anything to go by, he could surprise a few Arsenal fans if we win a foul anywhere near the box on Sunday.
Watch the free-kick right here
Should Martinelli start against Chelsea?
With Lacazette and Aubameyang both set to miss out, Martinelli has to start.
Yes, Balogun is arguably better at holding the ball up, but we will likely try to hit Chelsea on the counter-attack all game, and there’s nobody in our squad more suited to that role than the little Brazilian.
Arsenal have a fantastic recent record against the Blues. We’re unbeaten against them in our last four meetings, winning our last three on the trot. History doesn’t really mean anything in a derby, but it should really boost the players’ confidence ahead of the big clash on Sunday.