Rob Holding describes ‘unbelievable’ Arsenal team-mate Gabriel Martinelli as ‘a nightmare for centre-halves’

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Advertisement Rob Holding is a big fan of Martinelli (Picture: Getty Images)‘You want a striker that will sort of give up on you, but he never gives up. His finishing has been unbelievable, even with his head.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He’s only a small guy but the headed goals he’s scored in the [Nottingham] Forest game and the Standard Liege game have been incredible goals, to be fair to him.’Holding has also revealed that the young Brazilian striker is slowly picking up the English language, partly thanks to yoga classes at the club.‘In yoga, he is trying to learn as much English as he can,’ continued Holding. ‘It’s only a small group of like five or six of us, so he’s learning English as he goes along and he’s making an effort, which is important.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘There are about six players, plus Freddie Ljungberg, he joins in and does a bit of yoga. It’s a good group there and it’s up to you, if you want to do it, you can do it. We come in and do one session a week. I enjoy it so I do it.’Martinelli is likely to get another chance to shine against the Portuguese side on Thursday night with the Gunners picking up two wins from two in Europa League Group F, while Vitoria Guimaraes have lost both their matches.MORE: Ray Parlour urges Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa to play Arsenal loanee Eddie NketiahMORE: Charlie Nicholas makes Europa League predictions for Arsenal, Man Utd, Celtic and Rangers Rob Holding describes ‘unbelievable’ Arsenal team-mate Gabriel Martinelli as ‘a nightmare for centre-halves’ Gabriel Martinelli is making a big impression at Arsenal (Picture: MB Media/Getty Images)Gabriel Martinelli is making a serious impression on his Arsenal team-mates, with Rob Holding describing him as a ‘nightmare’ for centre-halves to deal with.The 18-year-old arrived at Arsenal from Brazilian side Ituano over the summer and was not expected to make a big impact in the first team, but is already making a name for himself with four goals in five appearances.Those four strikes have come in the EFL Cup and Europa League, but Holding believes the teenager has all the qualities to make it in the Premier League.‘Martinelli has come in and settled really well,’ said Holding ahead of the Europa League clash with Vitoria Guimaraes. ‘In training every day, he works hard. He puts you under pressure constantly and never stops running, which as a centre-half is a nightmare.ADVERTISEMENT Phil HaighWednesday 23 Oct 2019 7:46 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3kShareslast_img

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