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

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