MANCHESTER UNITED legend Rio Ferdinand has compared Arsenal youngster Gabriel Martinelli to former Liverpool and Barcelona striker Luis Suarez.
Martinelli, 21, established himself as a regular first team starter under Mikel Arteta last season having made 36 appearances across all competitions.
Martinelli has scored two goals in two games for Arsenal this seasonCredit: Getty
Ferdinand believes the Brazil international could become the next SuarezCredit: Getty
He has also started this season in fine form, nabbing two goals from Arsenal’s opening two games.
“Even Brendan Rodgers, I was interested in Brendan Rodgers’ comments, he said that Arsenal have gone up a level with their additions, so it looks positive with you guys.”
Suarez quickly became a Premier League icon when he signed for Liverpool in 2011.
He scored 82 goals and assisted 47 in 133 appearances for The Reds during his three-year stint at Anfield.
So if Martinelli can hit similar heights, Arsenal could potentially find themselves challenging for the league title in future.
The Gunners currently sit second in the Premier League table with a maximum six points.
They opened their 2022-23 campaign with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace – Martinelli opened the scoring just 20 minutes into the game before Marc Guehi put the ball into his own net to guarantee the points for Arteta.
Martinelli got on the scoresheet once again when Arsenal played host to Leicester at the Emirates last week.
Arteta and his squad will aim to continue the winning streak when they travel down to the south coast to face Bournemouth on Saturday.
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