David Luiz has this evening moved to highlight the massive potential possessed by fellow Arsenal summer recruit Gabriel Martinelli.
A somewhat out-of-the-blue, high-profile transfer window for the Gunners came to a close this day last week.
The club’s shaky backline appears to have been at least somewhat shored up, after both Kieran Tierney and David Luiz secured deadline day moves to the Emirates.
This followed the impressive coups of all of Dani Ceballos, Nicolas Pepe and William Saliba:
Our summer 2019 recruits 😎
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— Arsenal (@Arsenal) August 9, 2019
‘Everyone is excited’
Ahead of the hectic final couple of weeks of transfer activity in north London, though, one signing which went comparatively under the radar was that of Brazilian youngster Gabriel Martinelli.
18-year-old Martinelli exploded onto the scene in his home country over the last 12 months with Ituano, with Arsenal’s fans having been given a glimpse of the talents possessed by the versatile attacker during a cameo appearance at St. James’ Park last weekend.
And one individual who has certainly been impressed by what he’s seen of Martinelli to this point is David Luiz.
Despite having spent less than a week training alongside his fellow countryman, Luiz feels as though Martinelli possesses all of the tools to ‘become a fantastic player’.
When questioned on his new teammate during an interview with football.london, the Arsenal stopper explained:
‘He is a young player, he’s talented and everyone speaks very well about him, everyone is excited because they know he has the potential to become a fantastic player soon and in the future.’
‘It will be good to work with him, try to help him and also give him a bit of my experience in football around the world. I hope we both can do big things here.’
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