Kieran Tierney hails ‘mind-blowing’ Gabriel Martinelli as the player who has shocked him at Arsenal

first_imgKieran Tierney hails ‘mind-blowing’ Gabriel Martinelli as the player who has shocked him at Arsenal Advertisement Kieran Tierney was stunned by Gabriel Martinelli when he arrived at Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)Kieran Tierney was stunned by Gabriel Martinelli in his first training session after arriving at Arsenal, describing his intensity as ‘mind-blowing’.Both Tierney and Martinelli arrived at Arsenal last summer, the Scot coming in from Celtic and the Brazilian arriving from Ituano in his home country.It was a big step up for both, but among the host of household names in the Arsenal squad, it wasn’t Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette or Mesut Ozil that caught Tierney’s eye when he turned up for training.Instead it was the 18-year-old forward who had just arrived in England who showed Tierney how difficult life at Arsenal was going to be.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTTierney was asked on a Reddit AMA: ‘Who was the player you were most blown away by during your first few training sessions?’The full-back replied: ‘Gabriel Martinelli Gabriel Martinelli has had an impressive first season at Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)‘When I first did a full training session with the team I was put up against him and the intensity of his play was honestly mind-blowing and I thought to myself, “this is the standard I need to be at to play for Arsenal.”‘It is high praise indeed from the Scot and Martinelli has had an impressive impact in his first season in north London, when little was expected from the under-the-radar signing.The teenager has scored 10 goals in all competitions for the Gunners, including three in the Premier League as former manager Unai Emery and current boss Mikel Arteta ease him into first team action.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityMartinelli has endeared himself to the Arsenal faithful with his performances, but also with his ambitions at the club, with the youngster thinking big.‘I want to win the Champions League and lots of domestic titles to make Arsenal’s fans very happy,’ Martinelli told FourFourTwo.‘They deserve the best – not only the supporters but all of the club’s staff. I’d like to give back to the club after everything they’ve done for me so far and, as a result, become a Gunners legend.’MORE: Willian ‘free to negotiate’ with Arsenal and Tottenham as Chelsea contract talks stallMORE: Arsenal transfer boost as Jonathan David talks up Premier League moveFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 3 Apr 2020 8:32 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link463Shares Advertisementlast_img read more

Danny Ings confident in England step-up

first_img “My biggest competition has always been myself, how I develop and how I learn,” he said. “That is how I have been at any level, whether it was semi-pro at Dorchester Town or here at Liverpool. “I set myself targets. The mentality doesn’t change. “I’m not one to look at the outside and take all that in. It is all about me and how I work but if you are in the spotlight, you have to get used to it. “When you are doing well, a lot of people will recognise it; when you are not doing well, again people will recognise it. “It is how you deal with it and control your mentality. I just come in every day and be the best I can be.” Ings went to the UEFA Under-21 Championship in the Czech Republic this summer and his call-up to the seniors came almost two years after he was first picked by Gareth Southgate for the under-21s. But when asked whether he would have predicted his progress in the three months since signing, he added: “I would have said ‘You never know’. Liverpool striker Danny Ings has always backed himself to succeed and having made the step-up at Anfield he is now looking to continue his upward curve with England. The 23-year-old is set to join up with the England senior squad for the first time this week but intends to take it all in his stride. Since making a summer switch from Burnley to Liverpool the spotlight has intensified on Ings but he has responded in the perfect way with three goals in his last five matches and that focus on him has actually worked to his advantage after a call-up from Roy Hodgson. “I will always back myself to achieve what I can achieve. It is all down to me. “There have been different stepping stones along the way and it has been great. “Every time I get that next bit higher, I work that little bit harder to get the next one. That has always been my mentality. “This is another massive moment in my career and another marginal gain. “Things like this give me great confidence moving forward. It is something I am going to build on, go there and enjoy it with top, top players.” With Euro 2016 just over eight months away, does Ings think he has a chance to make the squad for his first senior tournament? “It is difficult but that is what you go for,” he said. “It is an opportunity. I have got that call and I now need to improve every day to be around it, for as long as I can.” Press Associationlast_img read more