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Arsenal's Martinelli plan is light years ahead of schedule

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There were great hopes for Martinelli but expectations were being kept in check.

At the time of Gabriel Martinelli’s arrival at Arsenal the fanfare that greeted him was viewed by some at the club as somewhat disproportionate to what could be reasonably expected of the youngster.

After all he had not even been picked up from the top tier of Brazilian football but from state football in Sao Paulo with Ituano; games against the top tier teams in the country were relatively few and far between for Martinelli in his 34 career games so far.

Exactly one year ago today he was preparing for his final match in an Ituano shirt, the quarter-finals of the Sao Paulo state championship.

"If he keeps it up, he will experience great things in football," Luiz insists.

When the 18-year-old arrived at the club the matter of when and where he would make his debut focused on games at Borehamwood, Hitchin Town or Barnet.

Instead the plan for the 2019/20 season had been that Martinelli feature predominantly for the Under-23s, at least early in the campaign.
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