'I have to thank Emi... he is helping me a lot'

It's been a whirlwind few months for Gabriel Martinelli.

The Brazilian youngster arrived in the summer and has already scored five times in three starts for our first team.

While many may not have expected such an early impact from the 18-year-old, the Brazilian has been helped no end by the support of Emi Martinez, who has made every effort to make our new arrival feel at home.

The pair sat down for a joint interview this week - and Gabi reserved special praise for Emi and revealed he had not been surprised by his time at Arsenal so far.

"No, I’m not surprised," Martinelli said. "It’s what I wanted, what I dreamed about, to sign for a big club. 

"I’ve gotten used to everything - the weather, the team and I think I’ve settled in well. I think I’ve started well because I’m working very hard.

"I have to thank Emi because he is helping me a lot. My family is always here with me to keep my feet on the ground. 

"If I carry on like this, the rewards will come. Working very hard, always trying to win matches for the team and always giving my all on the pitch."

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