As a teenager arriving in England without speaking the language, it was quite an eye-opening experience for Gabriel Martinelli.
Fast forward 12 months and plenty of goals, our young forward is delighted with life in north London after signing a contract extension.
“It's as if we are a family and everyone is united,” Martinelli told Arsenal Digital. “Everyone chats to everyone and you have players like Aubameyang or Lacazette, who are top footballers, but they're great people as well.
“Emi Martinez and David Luiz as well. I can't thank them enough for helping me settle in and I'm grateful to God for this opportunity.
“[Mikel Arteta] helped me so much since he took over. As I've said before, when the ball is in midfield, I have to shape my body correctly to head towards goal.
“He's helped me in many areas, so I think he'll be very important in terms of my development at Arsenal. I hope to contribute with lots of goals, assists, good performances and results for the club.”
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