Former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson reckons the Gunners’ new Brazilian youngster Gabriel Martinelli has a look of Ian Wright about him.
The 18-year-old signed for the club from Ituano this summer, and has already caught the eye by scoring four goals.
Martinelli stood out against Standard Liege in the Europa League last week by scoring a brace, and there’s a chance more opportunities in the Premier League could be coming his way.
He’s made two substitute appearances so far in the top-flight and is seemingly in competition with fellow youngster Bukayo Saka for minutes, with Reiss Nelson and Alexandre Lacazette both currently injured.
Martinelli has made a big impression on ex-stopper Wilson, who represented the club between 1963-74.
Speaking collectively about the club’s young prospects (via Stadium Astro), he said: “Martinelli, who was absolutely outstanding last week and looks to be like Ian Wright.
I was talking to two or three Brazilians and they were talking to me in their language and I’m going ‘What does that mean?’ and they went ‘Sniff, he knows how to sniff out a goal’, that’s Martinelli.”
Martinelli looks a brilliant prospect on the basis of what he’s shown so far.
The comparison to Wright from Wilson is an interesting take given Martinelli is not a natural striker as the Englishman was.
The South American is a left-winger by trade, but the way he has fared centrally so far might mean he gets more chances to display his Wright-esque finishing more often.