Gabriel Martinelli is a Brazilian footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Arsenal and the Brazil national team.
The footballer began his youth career in 2010, playing for Corinthians’ futsal team. In 2015, he moved to the Brazilian club Ituano. “I chose Ituano because it was the city my parents chose to live in,” Martinelli said in 2019. “In addition, the club has always shown an interest in my football and valued my work, giving me great opportunities to evolve in my career.” Martinelli also had trials with Manchester United and FC Barcelona. And he admits that being able to spend some time at FC Barcelona was a significant moment in his career, even if it didn’t amount to a transfer. He said: “It [the trial spell with FC Barcelona] was one of the best experiences I had in football, because, in addition to being one of the biggest clubs in the world, the level of demand in training is very high and made me grow a lot in football, both in terms of quality and tactics, and in terms of thoughts.”
Martinelli’s impressive performances had not gone unnoticed, and he eventually ended up signing for Arsenal on 2 July 2019, for a reported fee of around £6m. The 21-year-old attacker came into the limelight at Arsenal in 2019 and produced some eye-catching performances in the months before and after Mikel Arteta’s appointment as the club’s manager. He made his first-team debut for Arsenal in August 2019, and although he has suffered some injury issues, he has constantly been impressed whenever he has been called upon by the Gunners. Martinelli scored his first goal for Arsenal in September 2019 and was handed his first Premier League start by interim boss Freddie Ljungberg in December 2019. He continued to develop under Mikel Arteta following the Spaniard’s appointment as the club’s new manager in December 2019.
Martinelli has been capped by the Brazil Under-23 side and holds Brazil-Italian citizenship. He featured for his country at the 2020 summer Olympics.