Martinelli’s message

In the dying embers when all hope was seemingly lost as Arsenal were heading towards a 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park which should have ended their season and hopes of European football for next campaign, a hero emerged.

The little Brazilian genius that is Gabriel Martinelli stepped up in the final seconds to get onto the end of a Martin Odegaard curling cross, looping the ball over Palace keeper Guaita before finishing calmly. Rescuing Arsenal’s season until at least the final day.

Since returning from a long-term injury, Martinelli has been barely been used by Mikel Arteta to the frustration of many fans. Maybe now after yet another m

He had a very clear message though for Arteta after he scored the second goal late on in a 3-1 victory at Selhurst Park.

“I’m always ready. When Mikel needs me, I’ll be there,” he said.

Martinelli: “I’m always ready. When Mikel needs me, I’ll be there.”

— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) May 19, 2021

Despite consistent starts for his teammates, Martinelli has remained focused and prepared for the right times.

What has Arteta said?

Arteta has described Martinelli as being “very close” to starting.

“Very close. He needs to keep fighting to be closer and closer. We need to understand where the boys are in their phase of development. They’re going to earn the chances… it’s a joy to have them with us.”

Arteta on how close Martinelli is to starting: “Very close. He needs to keep fighting to be closer and closer. We need to understand where the boys are in their phase of development. They’re going to earn the chances… it’s a joy to have them with us.”https://t.co/M1B0FAgA7H

— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) May 19, 2021

With the final game of the season at home to Brighton, he could choose to bring Martinelli in and with the possibility to be a hero again in the final match of the season.

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