Gabriel Martinelli has hinted that his dream is to succeed club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as Arsenal’s number 14, according to ESPN Brasil via football.london.
The Brazilian attacker signed for the Gunners in the summer of 2019 from Brazilian third division side Ituano. Since joining the North London club, he has scored ten goals and provided five assists in 33 appearances. He currently wears the number 35 shirt but has indicated that he has plans to change this in the future.
He spoke of his admiration for Aubameyang and his ambition to follow in the Gabon international’s footsteps at Arsenal. He said:
“Of course, Auba is an incredible player. Not just a player, an incredible person. It’s a pleasure to have him in the team. He’s a guy who plays in my position. I can look at him every day and try to learn as much as possible.”
“I certainly hope to be playing in the near future. And follow in his footsteps, he’s captain of the team, wearing shirt 14, which is a symbol of the club. I hope to have a bright future ahead at Arsenal.”
The 19-year-old has indicated that he aims to win the Premier League and Champions League with the Gunners. There has been a lot of speculation surrounding the country that Martinelli will choose to represent. He is eligible to play for both Brazil as well as Italy. The player has confirmed that his dream is to represent Brazil and win a World Cup.
On his goals for the future, Martinelli said:
“Now, get back to playing more. But surely in the future to win the Champions League, to win the World Cup and the Premier League with Arsenal. The World Cup with Brazil. My dream is to play for the Brazilian national team.”
Martinelli has regained full fitness after missing the first half of the season due to a knee injury. He will be aiming to cement his place in the first team in the second half of the season and help Arsenal achieve their goal of securing European football for next season.