Arsenal Vs Chelsea: 5 things we learned – Back from the brink

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 21: Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal scores his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Arsenal FC at Stamford Bridge on January 21, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

1. Gabriel Martinelli the superstar

Well, the 2019/20 season has not been kind to Arsenal. Hapless performances, a need to rebuild the squad, replacing the manager, and a growing dissonance between the supporters, the players and the club. All have abounded throughout. But if there is one shining positive to hang your hat on, Gabriel Martinelli is it.

Signed from the depths of Brazilian football for £6 million, Martinelli arrived as a teenager and immediately set about shocking the world. He flourished in preseason, produced dazzling displays in the Europa League and EFL Cup, and is now showing what he can do against some of the best teams in the Premier League.

Martinelli was the best player on the pitch. His goal was phenomenal, driving forward 67 yards in total, bursting away from the Chelsea midfield, skipping past N’Golo Kante, and then wonderfully sliding a composed finish past the stranded Kepa. His overall work was superb. He was tireless out of possession, determined with it, and the primary offensive throughout.

Martinelli is a superstar in the here and now, nevermind in the future. And he is still only 18 years of age. My word, this boy is special.

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