Martinelli scores amazing Arsenal debut goal with his chest before Emery hints at shock first team role for Brazilian teenager

GABRIEL MARTINELLI marked his Arsenal debut with a memorable goal which led manager Unai Emery to hint he could have a role to play in the first-team this season.

The Brazilian teenager is the Gunners’ only signing so far this summer.

Martinelli scores amazing Arsenal debut goal with his chest before Emery hints at shock first team role for Brazilian teenager2 Gabriel Martinelli scored Arsenal's third goal against Colorado Rapids using his chestCredit: Getty – Contributor
Martinelli scores amazing Arsenal debut goal with his chest before Emery hints at shock first team role for Brazilian teenager2 Martinelli celebrates on a dream debut in the USCredit: Getty – Contributor

The 18-year-old was expected to develop in the academy during his first year in England, however growing excitement about the youngster is now in overdrive after a fine display against Colorado Rapids.

Arsenal won the pre-season clash 3-0 with Martinelli the standout performer in a young side.

The playmaker capped his performance with a brilliantly taken goal scored using his chest.

He ran at speed onto a Dominic Thompson cross and improvised superbly to find the back of the net and make it 3-0.

But Arsenal fans also noted his incredible work rate, with the former Ituano player tracking back with amazing enthusiasm before being replaced by Mesut Ozil with just over 10 minutes to go.

Martinelli is actually a madness

— ThePlugAFC (@ThePlugAFC) July 16, 2019

Martinelli’s work rate is fantastic. Constantly tracking back to help Jenkinson while being more than comfortable linking up play with the attack.

— – (@14Djc) July 16, 2019

OFFICIAL: Gabriel Martinelli to win the golden boot, PFA POTY & Balon dor.

— Bhavs (@bhavss14) July 16, 2019

The lad martinelli looks good man reminds me of podolski his attacking awareness is going to get him son goals intelligent movement

— randall cozier (@coziirc) July 16, 2019

Martinelli when he has to track back pic.twitter.com/TKqCIxztHx

— Tom Reynolds (@TomReynolds_11) July 16, 2019

Martinelli is a BALLER

— ThePlugAFC (@ThePlugAFC) July 16, 2019

Also it’s great to see Martinelli hit the ground running. He is our only signing as of yet and he looks much better than you would expect a Brazilian 4th tier player to be.

— Marco (@marco_gooner) July 16, 2019

Martinelli should have done better with his shot early on but one thing that is noticeable about him is his eagerness to track back and defend.

— Jeorge Bird (@jeorgebird) July 16, 2019

🎥Gabriel Martinelli scores on his debut for Arsenal.

Still can’t get over that performance, we’ve got a gem on our hands. I see big things happening for this kid. #GM35🇧🇷 pic.twitter.com/VzLJAvUNmB

— WorldwideArsenal™ (@WorldwideAFC) July 16, 2019

EMERY IMPRESSED

Following the dream debut, Emery was asked if the £6million signing could have a role to play this season.

His answer hinted that Martinelli could push the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette for a place in the first team.

He said: “Our idea is to give every young player chances to be with us, first in training and after in matches.

“The idea is to continue with them and give them chances.

“They will win chances to show us what they can do.”

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Emery appeared to be holding back his star players for Arsenal's clash with Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

Aubameyang, Lacazette and Ozil only played for a short time against Colorado but can expect to start in the International Champions Cup clash later this week.

But after his fine first appearance, Martinelli could be pushing to join them.

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