Can Gabriel Martinelli fill Aubameyang’s boots?

The 18-year-old has barely arrived in North London but has already impressed in a short amount of time he has been at the club.

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Gabriel Martinelli’s ex-team, Ituano, has recently been promoted to the Brazilian third division. The forward even stood out playing at a regional tournament for them in Sao Paulo when he faced heavyweights such as Corinthians, Palmeiras, Sao Paulo and Santos. Martinelli doesn’t seem to be bothered by pressure. He has shown composure, desire and quality even as such a raw prospect. It is rare to see those qualities combined in most young players.

In 19 appearances for Arsenal, he has scored 8 goals and provided 3 assists which equates to a direct goal contribution every 85 minutes which is nothing short of remarkable even if some of the opponents have been lesser sides from the Championship or Europa League.

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It is important to take note of how the striker has been delivering his end product. Five goals with his right foot, three with his head and just one assist with his left shows that Martinelli still has work to do especially with his weaker left foot. If he wants to get anywhere near Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s level then improvment on that front will have to happen.

The next few games could be huge for the kid with the captain being suspended for three matches. A misfiring Lacazette and a hungry Eddie Nketiah will also being doing all they can to secure that starting number 9 spot so taking advantage of the extra game time could be huge for his development. This weekend we could see Martinelli deployed from the left-wing filling straight in for Aubameyang which he has had success in the past with his first Premier League goal coming against West Ham in that position.

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