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'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."


Loan Watch: Elneny features in Bestikas win

We had four players in action for their loan clubs over the weekend.

Scroll down to find out how they got on:

Mohamed Elneny played the entirety of the game as Besiktas won 1-0 at home to Denizlispor. Georges-Kevin N'Koudou scored the only goal.

Ben Sheaf played the full 90 minutes as Doncaster drew 1-1 at Wimbledon. Joe Pigott put the Dons in front, with Tom Anderson scoring a late equaliser.

Jordi Osei-Tutu played the entirety of Bochum's 1-1 draw at St Pauli. Simon Zoller put the visitors in front after five minutes, before Waldemar Sobota equalised in the 10th minute.

Deyan Iliev played the full 90 minutes as Sered lost 1-0 at home to Nitra.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan did not feature in Roma's 2-0 loss at Parma.

Eddie Nketiah did not feature as Leeds won 2-1 at home to Blackburn.

William Saliba did not feature in Saint-Etienne's 3-2 win at Nantes.