Martinelli explains how trial at Manchester United has helped him succeed at Arsenal

Gabriel Martinelli speaks about his time as a Manchester United trialist and how it has helped him to succeed at Arsenal.

Martinelli explains how trial at Manchester United has helped him succeed at Arsenal

Manchester United & Martinelli

Few may know that Gabriel Martinelli has already been with a Premier League club prior to his time with Arsenal. The Brazilian was on a trial with Manchester United in his early years before signing a professional contract with Ituano.

Speaking recently he talked about how the trial has shaped him as a player and how it enabled him to improve and ultimately reach the level of which he is at today.

“For three or four years, I used to practise at Manchester United,’ says Martinelli. ‘I would come to England, usually in the middle of the year, for about 15 or 20 days,” he said.

“It was a great experience, because I could find how European players behaved, how they defend, how they attack, how fast it is in their game.”

“I improved a lot and brought it all back with me to Brazil, always trying to secure my place in the team. My dream was to play in Europe and these practices in England helped me do it.”

The young Brazilian arrived in England with the initial thoughts of playing with the Arsenal youth squad however impressive performances in the Europa League quickly allowed Martinelli to rise into the Arsenal senior squad and his highlight of the season was a goal against Chelsea in the 2-2 draw where he took the ball from his own half and ran the length of the field before slotting home to level the score at 1-1.

Arteta’s Martinelli faith

However, Martinelli faced a huge challenge in 2020 in addition to the hardships of national lockdown. During a training session he was severely injured and had to have an operation on his knee.

He missed the entirety of the restart and the beginning of the current campaign but has returned to Arteta’s side with renewed faith and an injection of energy which has been desperately needed within the Arsenal setup. Martinelli spoke of his relationship with coach Mikel Arteta and how the pair were in contact throughout his recovery.

“Mikel talked to me during my recovery,” Martinelli remarked. “Always calling me to know how I was, even when I returned to Brazil for a time in August. When the club needed me, he talked to me again, asking if I was feeling ready to play.”

“I said, yes. I still feel a bit of pain in the knee, but the doctors say that it is fine. I’ve not been able to play 90 minutes yet, but it also needs time. My focus is on getting better and helping Arsenal.”

Regarding the upcoming FA Cup match against Newcastle, Martinelli could well feature, considering he was an unused substitute against West Bromwich Albion.

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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