Arsenal signing: I was shy meeting my new Gunners team-mates
Arsenal signing Gabriel Martinelli reveals what it felt like to meet his new Gunners team-mates for the first time
Gabriel Martinelli has revealed that he was “a little shy” when the Arsenal signing met his new team-mates for the first time.
Arsenal signed the Brazilian youngster in a £1.5m deal from South American outfit Ituano in the summer transfer window.
Martinelli netted 10 times in 34 games for the Brazilian club between 2018 and 2019 to attract interest from the north London side.
The 18-year-old was the first new signing at the Gunners in the summer transfer window before Arsenal boss Unai Emery went on to sign a further five players.
Martinelli made his debut as an 84th-minute substitute for Henrikh Mkhitaryan in Arsenal’s 1-0 victory over Newcastle United at St James’ Park in their season opener.
And the Arsenal teenager revealed exactly how he felt the first time he met the Gunners squad after his move.
“I’ve arrived in a new place, with a different culture, another style of play and only with time and working day-to-day will I develop in the best way possible,” Martinelli is quoted as saying by the Daily Star.
“I was received in the best way possible. Being very young, I got a little shy, because I only saw these players on television and in video games.
“But they welcomed me very well, making me feel at home and I try to learn from them on a daily basis.
“My adaptation has been the best possible. I had a strong pre-season where I was able to play a good role and showcase my qualities.
“As it’s my first season, I want to show my potential to steady myself at the first team.
“I know the squad is packed with great players, but I know what I can do and my goal is to help the team.
“I think we can achieve great things this season by winning titles and marking our name in Arsenal ’s history.”
Arsenal went on to sign French youngster William Saliba from Saint-Etienne before the Gunners opted to loan the teenager back to the French club.
Dani Ceballos arrived in a season-long loan from La Liga giants Real Madrid.
Arsenal then spent a club record £72m on Ivory Coast international Nicolas Pepe, who swapped Lille for the north London side.
The Gunners completed their summer spending with the addition of Celtic full-back Kieran Tierney and Chelsea FC defender David Luiz.