Unai Emery reveals message to Gabriel Martinelli before Arsenal brace – but still doesn’t see him as a striker

first_imgEmery looked thrilled with the way his side performed on Thursday night (Picture: Getty)‘And he wants to achieve some minutes in the team. I think tonight his performance and attitude was amazing.’Although initially signed as a player for the future, Martinelli is expected to play a significant role for Arsenal over the course of the season – particularly in Europe – and has made the matchday squad for the last three Premier League matches.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Unai Emery reveals message to Gabriel Martinelli before Arsenal brace – but still doesn’t see him as a striker Metro Sport ReporterFriday 4 Oct 2019 7:47 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link349Shares Advertisement Commentcenter_img Martinelli also netted against Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup (Picture: Getty)Asked about Martinelli’s performance, Emery said at his post-match press conference: ‘I spoke with him about being calm, because when his opportunity arrives like tonight.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘If he continues training and being hungry, I think he’s going to do well and tonight confirmed that.‘He played in pre-season with us and in every training he showed he was hungry to be with us and to have that opportunity to show his capacity.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 City‘In pre-season he played in different positions, above all he preferred to play as a left winger but he can also play as a right winger.‘I’m using him as a striker because he played there in Brazil. It’s not the best position for him but the first thing in his mind is to help us. Advertisement The summer signing gave a man-of-the-match performance on Thursday night (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has praised Gabriel Martinelli for heeding his message to grasp the opportunities that come his way after he scored a brace in Arsenal’s thumping win over Standard Liege.The Gunners blew away the visitors in Thursday night’s Europa League clash, winning 4-0, with Martinelli scoring twice in the first 16 minutes to become the youngest player to bag a brace for Arsenal in Europe.Emery was delighted with the performance of the 18-year-old, though he still believes his best position in the long term is on the wing, not up front, despite his goalscoring heroics.last_img

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