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'Martinelli's not scared to take risks at all'

Gabi Martinelli is on fire at the moment - his brace at Leeds on Monday taking him to five goals and two assists in his last six games.

Mikel Arteta has spoken about the Brazilian becoming a better player by "adding more gears to his game" - but how exactly will that benefit him?

"You cannot play every action at 100mph, it is impossible," the manager told Arsenal Media. "It is not very efficient for you because you burn yourself out after a few minutes, and then you just chasing a situation and not reading exactly what is needed. 

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Martinelli powers home the opener against Leeds

"Gabi is doing much better at that. We have to try to [develop] that without losing the passion, the energy and this capacity he has to just affect the game with the way he acts on the pitch. He trains incredibly hard, he is always willing to do more and he is not scared or afraid to take risks, and that is what I like about him.

"I can imagine [playing against him] - you're not going to have any time on the ball, every time the ball is 50/50 he is going to chase it and he's going to use his body, his speed, his technical ability to get away from you. 

"You have to be careful, because he can attack you one v one, he can attack your back, he can make movements off the ball... he is a real threat in front of goal."

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Watch Martinelli's fine finish for his second at Leeds

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