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Rio Ferdinand praises Arsenal's youngster, Gabriel Martinelli

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Arsenal youngster seems to be nearing his return to action after being out for months. 
The fans of the North London side enjoyed a glimpse of Gabriel Martinelli last season with his blistering pace and attacking prowess. 

Sadly for Martinelli, a knee injury suffered last season saw him miss the remaining games after football restarted in March following break caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 


Just so the you, Gabriel Martinelli has been out of action since June after suffering a knee injury in training. He reportedly went under the knife and was initially ruled out for the rest of 2020. 

But the good news for Mikel Arteta is that the young Brazilian is back in training with the Gunners. 

There are pictures of the forward at the training ground of Arsenal but he hasn't joined the first team as he's yet to complete his rehabilitation. 


Martinelli scored 10 goals in all competitions for Arsenal until he was injured. 

But it seems former Manchester United captain Rio Ferdinand is a huge fan of Martinelli. 

Ferdinand who is now a sport and pundit at BT Sport said the 18 years old had matured, as he reflected on his solo goal he scored against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last season. 


“To be 18-years-old, doing what he’s doing,” he said during on Instagram Live session. “The goal against Chelsea alone, he runs from the edge of his box – a set-piece against his team – he takes it to the other end.

“Normally, your legs are gone by then, you’ve got no energy and no juice in your legs, but he has the composure to slot it."

Just so you recall that Martinelli took the ball from the half of Arsenal who were ten men following red card to Mustafi and two goals down, he raced to the box of Chelsea and finished pads Kepa Arrizabalaga as Arsenal made it 2-1 just before half time. 

Meanwhile, Hector Bellerin scored a late equaliser as Mikel Arteta side held Frank Lampard and his side to a 2-2 draw at the end of 90 minutes. 


Ferdinand added: “Great player, but the awareness of the way he plays, the way he moves on the pitch, the intelligence to receive the ball, the positions he takes up.

“It’s mad. He’s a mature player for such a young kid.”



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