Arsenal fans have been lauding Gabriel Martinelli after the Brazilian scored on his full Premier League debut for the Gunners.
Martinelli scored the equalising goal for Freddie Ljungberg’s side as they came back from 1-0 down to beat West Ham United 3-1.
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He was in superb form for the Gunners as he made the joint-most tackles, had the joint-second most shots and was the second-most fouled player on the pitch for his side (via WhoScored).
It was a goal that continued an impressive trend for the Brazilian youngster, who has now added the top-flight to the list of competitions he has scored in on his full debut alongside the Europa League and Carabao Cup.
The former Ituano forward has now scored eight goals and assisted a further two in just 14 games across all competitions. His goals have come from just 696 minutes as he averages a goal every 87 minutes for the north London giants (via Transfermarkt)
Fans were full of praise for the 18-year-old as they took to Twitter to hail the Brazilian for his performance last night, with a couple of them comparing him to Barcelona forward Luis Suarez.
Here is a selection of tweets from the north London faithful:
Martinelli is so elite. No time to celebrate when the team isn’t winning. First ever goal in the league picks the ball up and runs back. Meanwhile at Old Trafford Dan James is still celebrating his equaliser in a game he lost… pic.twitter.com/LgHYzWEQmZ
— a (@chiefdouzi) December 10, 2019
🗣️ Freddie: “The energy of Martinelli, he’s like a Duracell battery, he never stopped moving and running!”
— Gunners.com (@Gunnersc0m) December 10, 2019
I think based on performances, Martinelli has been Arsenal’s best outfield player. Every time he plays he contributes. He’s strong, fast, can dribble… seriously what’s up with this kid he is a machine pic.twitter.com/B2E5ZpkEyV
— Marco 🍁 (@marco_gooner) December 10, 2019
He is going to be an Icon https://t.co/AttcwXTVCB
— dud (@peepoClown911) December 9, 2019
He reminds me a bit of Suarez as well. The work rate, hunger and pressing. He needs to start from now on. Don’t overplay him but the front 3 of Martinelli, Auba and Pepe is what we should have from now on. Play Laca behind as a number 10. His hold play would be crucial
— Marley Worth (@MarleyWiggan) December 10, 2019
Martinelli is a maniac off the ball, I love it. Immediately think of a young Suarez.
— BLAHOVIC (@Blahovic) December 9, 2019
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