‘I really like him’: Paul Scholes praises ‘breath of fresh air’ Arsenal player

Paul Scholes has claimed that Brazilian international Gabriel Martinelli has been a ‘breath of fresh air’ for Arsenal and he is a player that he ‘really likes’.

It has been a stunning start to the new Premier League season for Martinelli, who has three goals from his opening six matches – and it probably should have been four had it not been for that disallowed goal at Old Trafford.

At 21-years-old, Martinelli is starting to explode as a player, after coming to England as a fresh-faced teenager from Brazil when Unai Emery was in charge of the club.

Understandably so, he found life difficult during his first 12 months, including having to deal with football shutting down during the pandemic and that when he was hardly settled.

However, Mikel Arteta managed the youngster very well, including ignoring calls for the player to start games when Arsenal were going through struggles of their own.

Fast forward to the present and Martinelli is now one of the first names on the teamsheet for Arteta and also a Brazil international, as Scholes shared his thoughts on the player, whilst talking to Premier League Productions.

“He’s great,” said Scholes. “I really like him. He’s got pace. He has got a goal in him, which is probably the most important thing for that position.

“He has been a breath of fresh air, along with Jesus coming in. It’s probably taken a little bit of pressure off him because as a young lad, he is expected to score a lot of goals.

“But with Jesus coming in, that seems to have taken the pressure of Martinelli and he is flourishing.”


Bukayo Saka hit 11 Premier League goals last season and Martinelli has every chance of joining his teammate by hitting those numbers himself this term.

He has certainly given himself a strong platform and, added with that, he is keeping Emile Smith Rowe out of the XI with his performances.

This could be a game-changing season for Martinelli because, added to what he can achieve on the domestic stage, he will also be hoping to play his part at the 2022 World Cup.

Martinelli is a sure selection for Brazil’s trip to Qatar in November, where one of football’s biggest nations are one of the favourites to win the competition.


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