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Arsenal youngster Martinelli hails impact of “tactically wise” Arteta

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 16:15, 24 March 2020

Gabriel Martinelli has described Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta as “tactically wise” and praised the way he’s improved his all round game.

The 18-year-old Brazilian forward joined the Gunners last summer and has already played under three different managers.

Arteta’s start at Arsenal: Five key things to know…

  • Arsenal appointed Mikel Arteta as their 19th permanent manager in December 2019.
  • He succeeded compatriot Unai Emery who claimed four wins from the Gunners opening 13 league games.
  • Arteta inherited a side in 11th place and nine points below the Champions League spots.
  • They’ve since picked up 17 points but have moved up two places albeit eight points off a top-four spot.
  • Teenage forward Gabriel Martinelli has praised Arteta for the way he’s been coaching him.

He initially made his debut under Unai Emery, before the Spaniard was dismissed following a poor run of form. Martinelli would then be guided by Freddie Ljungberg – albeit temporarily.

It wouldn’t take long for the north London club to hire a long-term successor with former club captain Arteta joining from Manchester City where he served as Pep Guardiola’s right-hand man.

He’s yet to fully turn Arsenal around, but there are positive signs as Arsenal won their last three Premier League games before the league was halted as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Arteta himself contracted the virus but is now fully recovered. Despite being in charge since December his impact has been significant, with Martinelli highlighting his tactical acumen.

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“He’s been brilliant,” he told FourFourTwo.

“He pays a lot of attention to moves and keeps pushing me to improve my game; not only in attack but defence, too.

“The boss is very wise tactically and incredibly helpful. He’s not an angry guy at all, but likes showing you exactly what to do on the pitch: ‘If the ball goes that way, don’t stay here, go there and turn your body that specific way…’

“He has a keen eye for detail.”