Some Arsenal fans were left to blast the display of Gabriel Martinelli versus Southampton in their FA Cup away tie at St. Mary’s Stadium.
The Brazil U23 international missed a great chance to give Mikel Arteta’s team the lead in the first half before a Gabriel own goal gave the Saints the advantage instead.
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Overall, he did not provide much of an attacking threat and thus was not exempt from criticism from some members of the Emirates Stadium faithful, despite the love they have for their up and coming starlet.
The 19-year-old was given a 6.3 overall rating on Sofascore, one of the lowest out of any player to have set foot on the pitch, as he lost out on three of his duels and failed to make a single successful dribble, key pass, cross or long ball.
He also lost possession no fewer than seven times and even had fewer touches (17) than his own goalkeeper in Bernd Leno upon being substituted off in the 58th minute of the match (Sofascore).
Arsenal fan reaction to Martinelli display
These Gooners blasted his performance on Twitter, with one AFC supporter even going as far to say as he was ‘terrible’:
“Martinelli has been terrible today tbh”
“Tbf Martinelli hasn’t played well.”
“Must say Martinelli has been anonymous today”
“Martinelli was disappointing today. Thought Pepe would be subbed”
“Good subs… Martinelli couldn’t get into the game”
“Martinelli had a torrid game. Poor boy. Hope he gets back to his best soon!”
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