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Compilation Of Gabriel Martinelli's Brazil Debut Shows He's Ready For The Highest Level

Josh Lawless

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Compilation Of Gabriel Martinelli's Brazil Debut Shows He's Ready For The Highest Level

Gabriel Martinelli had an extremely bright Brazil debut against Chile, becoming a fully fledged international after making a cameo appearance.

The 20-year-old Arsenal star has been a regular for the Brazil Under 23's and was part of the side that won Gold in the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Less than a year on, after a series of strong displays for Arsenal, Martinelli was called up to Tite's Brazil squad.


And on Thursday night, at the iconic Maracana Stadium, Martinelli made his official bow when he replaced Ajax's Antony in the second half of a 4-0 win.

It was only a brief outing for Martinelli, wearing the No.19 shirt on his back, but he looked more than at home and played with a real swagger about him.

He had a number of lovely touches and linked up with the likes of Neymar and Richarlison. Martinelli also displayed impressive work ethic when he chased back into to dispossess Joaquin Montenicos.

Vinicius Jr scored his first goal for Brazil in the World Cup qualifier win, with Neymar, Philippe Coutinho and Richarlison also on target for the five-time World Cup winners.

For Martinelli, it feels like merely a glimpse of what he can do on the big stage and fans will hoping to see a lot more of him going forward.

Image: PA
Image: PA

Brazil, who have already qualified for the showpiece in Qatar, host Bolivia in the early hours of Wednesday and all eyes will be on whether Martinelli gets a start.

Arsenal paid just £6 million to sign Martinelli in 2019 and he's gone on to score 17 times in 74 appearances.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has showered praise on Martinelli, calling him "the talent of the century" and "an outstanding player".

Topics: Chile, Gabriel Martinelli, Arsenal, Brazil

Josh Lawless
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