09 Th3 2022 | 10:02
Arteta praises Martinelli
The young Arsenal striker played in Arsenal’s 2-3 loss at Old Trafford in November. It was a match in which Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brace.
Martinelli was only seven years old when the Red Devils No. 7 won his first Ballon d’Or in 2008. The Portuguese superstar has won four more Ballon d’Or titles, and is still Man’s leader. United at the age of 37.
Ronaldo has inspired the younger generation, and Martinelli is among them.
“When I saw Ronaldo against Man Utd, I couldn’t really believe I was there ,” said the young Brazilian. “I saw him and I was like, ‘Oh this is Ronaldo.’ I’m a bit shy, so I didn’t say anything, just shook hands with him. But being able to play with my idol made me confused.”
Currently, Ronaldo and Man Utd have taken steps backwards. Meanwhile, Martinelli and Arsenal are emerging. The Gunners are in the top 4, with 1 point more than the Red Devils, and still playing 3 games less.
Like Ronaldo, Martinelli always tries, even on the training ground, and is praised by coach Mikel Arteta: “He works very hard on the training ground, he is always ready to do more. He is not afraid and accepting. take risks – and that’s what I like about Gabriel.”