Gabriel Jesus made the switch to Arsenal this summer following a lengthy stint with Premier League champions, Manchester City.
Jesus was something of a fringe star in Manchester and was never able to make the no.9 spot his own, in large part due to Sergio Aguero and Pep Guardiola’s preference for a false-nine.
At Arsenal, however, Jesus has been handed the no.9 shirt and is expected to be the Gunners’ main striker this season.
As a result, Arsenal fans are no doubt pleased to hear Martinelli state recently that Jesus is one of the best strikers in the world:
“For me, he (Jesus) is one of the best strikers in the world,” Martinelli said.
“I am happy to have him here and it is a pleasure to play with him. I hope I give a lot of assists for him and we go to the national team together.”
Martinelli also revealed how he and another member of Arsenal’s Brazilian contingent, Gabriel, tried to convince Jesus to move to north London before his transfer this summer.
“Me and Gabi were always saying to him, ‘Come to Arsenal’ and you can see what he is doing now,” Martinelli added.
“Of course, he knows how to win. He’s going to be important for us this season not just scoring goals but giving us advice as well.”
Jesus has impressed for Arsenal in pre-season but his first taste of real action under Mikel Arteta comes on Friday evening vs Crystal Palace.