Gabriel Martinelli was amongst Arsenal youngsters star that certainly impressed against Chelsea on Saturday night.
The Gunners recorded a 3-1 win over Frank Lampard’s side at the Emirates stadium and although Martinelli, 19, wasn’t among the goals, but he was absolutely electric at times.
He impressed alongside Emile Smith-Rowe and Bukayo Saka, terrorising Chelsea’s defence from the left wing while providing a fresh injection of energy.
After making his eargerly anticipated return in the Carabo Cup defeat to Manchester City, he was named in the starting line-up against Frank Lampard’s men.
From the first minute, Gabriel Martinelli looked intent on making up for lost time and Chelsea right-back Reece James had a difficult time against him, by virtue of the fact that the Brazilian teenager isn’t a traditional wide player and often moved centrally.
As well as making himself a real nuisance, Martinelli also went close to getting himself a goal with a speculative overhead-kick in the second half, drawing a save from goalkeeper Edouard Mendy in the Chelsea goal.
Though Edouard Mendy was equal to the Brazilian’s effort, it was a stunning attempt from the Brazilian star, who is clearly brimming with confidence.
But it isn’t just Martinelli’s technical ability and creative flair that won praise against the west London club.
In the first half, the 19-year-old was spotted showing an enormous amount of desire and energy to try and retrieve Arsenal possession and push Chelsea back towards their own goal.
Martinelli’s desire to press Chelsea high up the pitch earned immediate plaudits from Gunners supporters, with some comparing him to former Liverpool ace Luis Suarez, who was often renowned for his ability to press opponents and force them back towards his own goal.