Arsenal fans were over the moon on Twitter after Gabriel Martinelli grabbed a brace in their incredible penalty shootout Carabao Cup defeat by Liverpool at Anfield.
The Brazilian scored two goals from close range, but his quickness to pounce onto both goals sent Gunners fans into raptures on the social media platform.
Lucas Torreira, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and a screamer from Joe Willock completed the scoring for Arsenal in an incredibly entertaining 5-5 draw in Merseyside. However, Dani Ceballos missed the north London outfit’s fourth spot-kick, whilst Emiliano Martinez was unable to stop the Liverpool men from converting theirs.
Of course, this strong performance was on the back of a tough few days for the club, with turmoil and negativity surrounding certain players and manager Unai Emery after Sunday’s disappointing 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace.
However, fans appeared to have something to smile about (if for a moment) as they were quick to praise Martinelli on Twitter after he netted his second of the match.
HE’S a club legend already
— Marko (@MarkoVonBasten) October 30, 2019
Özil, Saka and Martinelli have been great today, fantastic performance so far ?
— The Arsenal Review (@thearsreview) October 30, 2019
He has to start in the PL.
— Steve Harvey (@dontgoslideaway) October 30, 2019
MARTINELLI > PELE ???
— Maverick (@Mavxric) October 30, 2019
Pele has a Martinelli poster in his bedroom
— Jack (@jackrdblackwell) October 30, 2019
Sensational stuff from this guy ??????and wish we were this composed in league in the box
— Nemz (@Gooner4vr) October 30, 2019
Martinelli I love you almost as much as Guendouzi, it’s my second son
— EGA (@ElGrandeAFC) October 30, 2019
What do we think?
Many fans have been puzzled as to why Martinelli has not been given more game time under Emery as he has impressed when given the chance in the team with seven goals in seven appearances across all competitions. On the basis of this performance, it should be hard for his manager not to select him when they host Wolves this Saturday at the Emirates in the Premier League. Indeed, he may only be 18-years-old, however he appears to have taken well to cup football, so perhaps, including him in league competition a little more regularly may not be such a bad idea.