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Arsenal player was visibly upset with one decision Mikel Arteta made against Liverpool

Gary Neville says exceptional Arsenal star was upset with Mikel Arteta during the match against Liverpool

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One Arsenal player was not happy with Mikel Arteta’s decision following the 3-1 win over Liverpool on Sunday and this caught the attention of Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville.

Gabriel Martinelli contributed to the win at the Emirates Stadium with the second goal but was upset when he was withdrawn from the game in the 75th minute.

Martinelli had a significant impact on the game, setting up opportunities and scoring the crucial second goal.

Despite missing a chance to assist Bukayo Saka for the opening goal, Martinelli made amends by capitalising on a defensive mix-up between Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker to score from the edge of the box.

Gabriel Martinelli

Gabriel Martinelli was substituted against Liverpool on Sunday (Image credit: Getty Images)

The Brazilian forward’s energetic performance mirrored his form from last season, prompting Gary Neville to note his displeasure at being substituted.

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22-year-old Martinelli like the other forwards in Mikel Arteta’s team have not been at their very best form this term, but in recent weeks, the Brazillian has shown signs of revival and so would have loved to stay on and enjoy his day with Ibrahim Konate and Trent Alexander Arnold struggling to stop his moves.

His frustration upon being substituted suggests a desire to continue contributing to the team’s success.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Neville said of Martinelli’s reaction to being substituted, “I’m not surprised he’s upset. He’s been such a threat.”

Martinelli’s frustration was not justified as Leandro Trossard went on to score the third goal to seal victory for the Gunners.

Arsenal’s win over Liverpool, coupled with Martinelli’s starring 74 minutes performance, has reignited the Premier League title race with all top-three teams with a good chance of finishing as champions in May.

Neville also discussed the defensive mishap between van Dijk and Alisson, recognizing the quality and respect between the two players, despite the rare error.

“They’re two such great players. There’s a quality and respect, they’re not going to rip each other and say what the hell were you doing.”

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