Gabriel Martinelli rescued a point for Arsenal during their London derby with Chelsea, scoring his 10th goal of the season so far.
The Brazilian wunderkind became the first teenager since Nicolas Anelka to score at least 10 goals in a season since Nicolas Anelka did so back in 1999.
So, when asked about if he could think about a teenager that could make such a huge impact at the highest level, Hector Bellerin claimed that there weren’t many, also lauding the Brazilian for his work ethic:
“To be fair there are not many. A lot of people talk about his talent, but what people don’t see is that Gabi is a professional. He turns up early every day. He does all the stuff and everything anyone asks him to do. He is the first player to press and the last player to leave everything on the pitch. The goals are just a plus. He helps us in every single way and the thing that everyone needs to praise him for is his attitude. That is what makes him a player,” Bellerin told the press, as quoted by Arseblog.
Moreover, the Spanish full-back predicted that the 18-year-old is going to have a very successful career in the English Premier League if he keeps up the hard work:
“He is obviously really young in his career – so many things can happen – but if he keeps his head where it is right now, he is going to go really far for sure,” he concluded.
Arsenal have struggled all year long to be at their best, but Mikel Arteta has completely turned the tables around since replacing Freddie Ljumberg as the team’s boss.
And now that Martinelli is blossoming as the team’s best choice for the future, they may look to sell Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang before his contract runs out a year from now.