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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."


Internationals: Who's playing and when?

Nicolas Pepe

A number of our first-team stars will be in international action over the November break.

After we announced that Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock would be joining up with England Under-21s this month, here's who else will be involved:
Lucas Torreira has been named in the Uruguay squad for their international friendlies against Hungary in Budapest on Friday, November 15 and Argentina in Tel Aviv on Monday, November 18.
Emi Martinez will be hoping to feature for Argentina on that day, and also in their international friendly against Brazil in Riyadh on Friday, November 15.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been called up to the Gabon squad for their Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against DR Congo on Thursday, November 14 and Angola on Sunday, November 17.
Nicolas Pepe has been included in the Ivory Coast squad for their Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Niger on Saturday, November 16 and Ethiopia on Tuesday, November 19.
Matteo Guendouzi has been named in France squad for their European Championship qualifiers against Moldova in Paris on Thursday, November 14 and Albania in Tirana on Sunday, November 17. Our midfielder was initially with the under-21s but was called up to the senior squad by Didier Deschamps to replace the injured Blaise Matuidi.
Sead Kolasinac has been called up for Bosnia & Herzegovina's European Championship qualifiers against Italy in Zenica on Friday, November 15 and Liechtenstein in Vaduz on Monday, November 18.

Granit Xhaka has been named in the Switzerland squad for their Euro qualifiers against Georgia on Friday, November 15 and Gibraltar on Monday, November 18.
And Gabriel Martinelli has been named in the Brazil Under-23 squad for their friendly against the United States in Gran Canaria on Thursday, November 14. They will play a second fixture on Sunday, November 17. The opponent will be confirmed in due course.