Gabriel Martinelli after Arsenal FC’s win over Leeds: “That’s what Mikel Arteta asks from us.”

Updated: Dec 19, 2021

Gabriel Martinelli has now scored four goals in his last six Premier League appearances.


Leeds 1-4 Arsenal

Gabriel Martinelli scored a brace as Arsenal ran riot over an injury-hit Leeds [Sky Sports Screen Shot]
Gabriel Martinelli scored a brace as Arsenal ran riot over an injury-hit Leeds [Sky Sports Screen Shot]

Gabriel Martinelli scored a brace as Arsenal ran riot over an injury-hit Leeds at Elland Road to secure their third successive Premier League victory.


Arsenal FC prodigy Gabriel Martinelli expressed his delight after beating Leeds United on Saturday night, adding “that’s what Mikel Arteta asks of us.”


Martinelli's brace and Bukayo Saka's deflected shot handed the Gunners a 3-0 lead before half-time.


The Whites’ winger Raphinha pulled one back from the penalty spot in the second half before midfielder Emile Smith Rowe wrapped up the victory for Mikel Arteta's side in the 84th minute.


Arsenal could have scored more goals but Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier made fine saves to deny Saka, Alexandre Lacazette, Thomas Partey, and Kieran Tierney from hitting the back of the net.


So far, Arteta is clearly doing a great job as he continues to build his side around young players, with all goals scored today coming from 20-year-olds.

'We have a young team but a very strong team'

After the win, Martinelli, who has now scored four goals in his last six Premier League appearances, told Sky Sports: "It was a very good result. It’s so important for the team. All the team played well and we’re so happy with the work and the result. "That’s what Mikel [Arteta] asks from us. Every time we go into the final third we need to be dangerous. "As I always say, we have a young team but a very strong team with good players. Emile [Smith Rowe] came from the bench and scored another goal. I’m so happy for the team."

Arteta embraces Martinelli after the Gunners capitalised on a below par Leeds performance on Saturday. (Sky Sports Screen Shot)
Arteta embraces Martinelli after the Gunners capitalised on a below par Leeds performance on Saturday. (Sky Sports Screen Shot)

When asked about his second goal, he said: "It was a great pass from Granit [Xhaka] – thanks to him as well. Not just me, the whole team enjoyed the second goal." The Brazilian’ also revealed he enjoys his partnership with French striker Alexandre Lacazette. "He always attracted the centre-back and I had the chance to go in behind. We’re doing well,” he concluded.


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