Liverpool beat Arsenal 2-0 at the Emirates on Wednesday, but it was Gabriel Martinelli who stole the show with a sparkling display against Trent Alexander-Arnold
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The England international, 23, had a rough evening at the Emirates thanks to the Brazilian, 20, despite the Red Devils winning with a score of 2-0. Results left Liverpool only one point behind the leaders Manchester City, when Arsenal still one point ahead of Manchester United in fourth place with two games in hand.
Talk to Sky Sports first Premier League game, Neville predicted the battle between Alexander-Arnold and Martinelli “will be absolutely unbelievable” – insisting both young players “are at the top of their game”.
The pundit praised Alexander-Arnold’s attacking prowess but added: “He’s put Martinelli against him, who I think will cause him problems in another way.”
The Gunners star continued to put on a spectacular performance, prompting Neville to scoff in the comments box. “This is absolutely amazing thing from Martinelli,” he said. Neville later added: “He toasted Alexander-Arnold when he ran up.”
Before Tottenham defender Jonathan Woodgate, who commented for BBC Radio 5 Live, added: “Gabriel Martinelli is really giving Trent Alexander-Arnold a terrifying time. Arsenal are on the front foot here.”
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Arsenal were vying for all three points at the Emirates until two lightning strikes from Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino in the second half gave Liverpool a priceless victory. Not even Martinelli’s magic feet could save their hope.
The youngster has enjoyed a good start to his professional career, scoring 18 goals in 73 appearances for Arsenal and showing his potential. He was part of the Brazilian team that won last summer’s Olympic tournament in Japan.
Speaking in 2019, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp described Martinelli as a “talent of the century” and an “incredible striker”. And in January, the German said: “Martinelli… I think everyone should remember that name because he’s an excellent player.”
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is also a huge fan of this talent. “He trains incredibly hard, he’s always ready to do more and he’s not afraid or afraid to take risks – and that’s what I like about him,” said the Spaniard. in December.
Klopp’s predictions about Martinelli will only increase after Wednesday night, but he is not the only impressive individual at the Emirates. Journalists and broadcasters admired his performance, as Martin Tyler said: “He’s got some stardust, this young man.”
Two famous faces enjoying the battle between Martinelli and Alexander-Arnold are Gary Lineker and his friend Piers Morgan. “Best passer of the game in England was a right-back,” Lineker tweeted. “What happened to our sport?”
Morgan – and Arsenal fan – responded: “Does that mean he gets skinned by Martinelli every 5 minutes?” Morgan also tweeted: “Game cracked. Atmosphere cracked. Performance cracked. Arsenal, led by Martinelli, are really competing with one of the best teams in the world. Great to see. to watch.”
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