Story behind Gabriel Martinelli acqusition revealed

Some would suggest that Arsenal have managed to uncover a gem in Gabriel Martinelli, whilst others would suggest that they got lucky with actually signing the young Brazilian star.

There is no doubt that the youngster is a player that will likely have a bright future in the game as he has already shown his qualities in his short time at the Emirates Stadium already, although injuries have plagued him a little bit at the moment. He should be spending that time playing at the best online casino if you ask us.

However, things could have been incredibly different as Martinelli may not have been at Arsenal in the first place. It is well known that before he signed for the Gunners as an 18-year-old, the South American had already had training opportunities with Manchester United and Barcelona, but both turned him down.

Ahead of the Gunners’ defeat to United on Thursday, ESPN Brasil (via Sport Witness) had published an article that had revealed all about the lead up to Martinelli’s arrival in London, with an interview being conducted with Everton Gushiken, a scout currently part of the Arsenal set-up.

The story does begin by pointing out that the then-Ituano player had caught the attention of Manchester United’s scouts and that between 2015 and 2017, he would go to Manchester on four occasions, which led to Arsenal’s interest.

“In 2017, he started to get Arsenal’s attention more seriously for his ability to finish, to play in the three positions in front, the intensity and the ability to execute the actions with the ball at high speed. There are many qualities in one player, it’s rare,” Gushiken told ESPN Brasil’s Vladimir Bianchini.

As Arsenal continued to track him and his progress, Martinelli was invited to train at Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy before returning to Ituano where he played in the Copa São Paulo, Brazil’s prestigious youth tournament, and was soon promoted to the first team. With that positivity already been felt through his career, he might want to try his luck with when he gets a moment.

Gushiken continued: “Manchester United still had priority over Martinelli, but gave up on the player and Barcelona also did not want to bet on him despite having called him for a test. The path to Arsenal got a little easier, since in the 2019 Copa São Paulo we had already decided positively about signing him, so we opened negotiations with Ituano in February 2019.

“He played the State Championship for Ituano’s first team, already being negotiated with Arsenal, and obviously other European clubs came for him, but in this case we had the advantage of being first, and also for showing interest in taking him directly to Arsenal. Other big ones wanted to buy to loan, and when they wanted directly, they were clubs much smaller than Arsenal.”

Of course, many will not care too much about how they got Martinelli, just the fact that they did and that they managed to get him for a bargain of a transfer fee.

He arrived at the Emirates Stadium in the 2019 summer for a fee alleged to be around €6.7 million and has since gone on to score 13 goals and provide seven assists in 57 appearances.