BT Sport pundit raves about Arsenal starlet Gabriel Martinelli

Martin Keown discusses Gabriel Martinelli's recent performances for Arsenal

Martin Keown
Ex-Arsenal defender Martin Keown (Photo: BT Sport)

Martin Keown has admitted that he has been hugely impressed by Gabriel Martinelli’s recent performances for Arsenal.

The Brazilian youngster impressed with his display as he netted in Arsenal’s 3-1 comeback win over West Ham United in the Premier League on Monday night.

The teenager then came off the bench to play the final 21 minutes of Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Standard Liege in the Europa League on Thursday night and he notched up an assist during his cameo display.

The 18-year-old has impressed in the cup competitions this season, with Martinelli having scored a total of eight goals for the north London side so far this season.

Former Gunners defender Keown has been very impressed by what he has seen from Martinelli in recent weeks and singled him out for special praise following his appearance as a substitute during the clash with Standard Liege.

Speaking to BT Sport after the game, Keown said: “The game changed when Martinelli came off the bench tonight.

“Sixty-ninth minute, a young player, a desire and a work-rate you’d except from the senior players.

“I didn’t see a role model in that team. He came on and changed it. The older players were a long time getting to that level for Arsenal.

“I think Freddie Ljungberg should have kept it simple. He should have played a back four, pretty much the same team he played the other night.

“There was too many changes. We need to get back the desire and hunger from the players. And while Freddie is in charge, he should be implementing that change at Arsenal.”

Arsenal will return to Premier League action on Sunday afternoon when they host defending champions Manchester City at The Emirates.

The north London side are currently down in ninth place in the Premier League table as they bid to try and break back into the top four this season.

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