Cesc Fabregas and Ian Wright both think Gabriel Martinelli’s goal versus Newcastle United was “difficult” to master as Arsenal bounced back from last weekend’s defeat.
The Gunners were 2-0 winners against the Magpies on Saturday afternoon thanks to goals from Bukayo Saka and Martinelli in the second half.
The second goal from the young Brazilian came after a fine lifted pass from Takehiro Tomiyasu, before Martinelli met the ball on the volley and put it over Martin Dubravka and into the back of the net.
The 20-year-old, who scored less than two minutes into his brief cameo, managed to find the net for the first time this season as he looks to force his way back into Mikel Arteta’s first-team plans.
Former Arsenal midfielder Fabregas took to Twitter just after Martinelli’s goal and was clearly very impressed with what he witnessed from the Gunners attacker.
He tweeted: “What a goal. Really difficult finish (fire emoji).”
Arsenal icon Wright was also full of praise for Martinelli, with the former Gunners striker explaining just how difficult the finish was, but also criticised Dubravka.
He said on Premier League Productions, via Metro: “That is very difficult when it is coming over your right shoulder. I am thinking at some stage, the goalkeeper has got to at least get some kind of contact with him.
“The goalkeeper, for me, has made that a little bit easier for him, he has got to be there in his face because at some stage he’s got to take his eye off where the goalkeeper is to concentrate on the connection.
“The goalkeeper should be in his face knowing he has got to take his eye off that and he was not close enough. It is a great finish and a great ball from Tomiyasu, but he has got to be closer.”
Martinelli will be hopeful that his contribution in his 25-minute cameo will be enough to convince Arteta to play him against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Thursday evening.
It was just his sixth Premier League appearance so far this term against Newcastle and Arteta described his goal as a “big moment” for him.
“It is a big moment for him. I’m especially happy for him because the way he behaves,” the Gunners boss said on Martinelli in his post-match press conference.
“Some players are respectful when you make some decisions, some players are very respectful like he is.
“He makes every decision you make even harder because he deserves more. I’m really happy because he helped the team get the three points today.”
Source by Football London