Gabriel Martinelli has been speaking to the Brazilian media over the international break where he has claimed one Arsenal player is one currently one of the best players in the world.
Brazil lost to Colombia last week, however Gabriel Martinelli did score his first ever goal for his country and he’ll look to build on that when Brazil face Argentina on Tuesday night.
It’s been confirmed both Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Jesus are set to start the game against Argentina tomorrow night with the Arsenal winger full of praise for his Arsenal teammate ahead of the match.
Martinelli was speaking to Globo this week where he said that Jesus is one of the best strikers in world football. He said that Jesus is like a brother to him at Arsenal, and thought the striker was key for both club and country.
Gabriel Martinelli on Gabriel Jesus “He is a guy that I consider highly, he is a brother to me, we created a great friendship. He is one of the best centre forwards in the world.
“I hope he also works very well here in the Seleção, as he is doing at Arsenal, so that we can bring joy to the Brazilian fans.”
Gabriel Jesus has been unavailable for Arsenal over the last few weeks due to a minor hamstring strain picked up during the Champions League victory against Sevilla last month. However the striker has since returned to first-team training over the international break and in line to start for his country tomorrow night.
Mikel Arteta will be praying his number nine makes it through the game unscathed as having a fit Gabriel Jesus will be a huge boost for Arsenal ahead of the busy Christmas period coming up after the break.
There’s no doubt Gabriel Martinelli is right, as when fit Gabriel Jesus is one of the best strikers in the league. Hopefully now he’s back, he will be able to stay available and convince the Arsenal hierarchy that they don’t need to go out and buy a striker in January.
The Gunners have been heavily linked with a move for a striker, with Dusan Vlahovic and Ivan Toney just two names of many who are being closely watched by Arsenal ahead of the winter window.