Martinelli hails Arsenal’s ‘chief’ on the pitch


Granit Xhaka won’t be Arsenal’s captain however his management skills are effectively observed by everybody, together with team-mate Gabriel Martinelli.


Before the season began, Martin Odegaard was named as captain by Mikel Arteta after Alexandre Lacazette was launched on the finish of final season. However, Swiss midfielder Xhaka – who previously captained the Gunners – has been extremely influential for the north London outfit this time period.

Often instances this season, the 30-year-old has been seen gathering players together, and his impression on the staff has proven quite a bit.

A tactical change has additionally benefitted Xhaka on the pitch, having scored three goals and two assists in 9 Premier League video games to date.


Arsenal winger Martinelli believes that Xhaka is the membership’s chief on the pitch.

The Brazil worldwide shared his ideas concerning the 30-year-old following Arsenal’s 3-2 win over Liverpool on the Emirates Stadium final Sunday.

Speaking to The Athletic on what is alleged in the course of the staff talks, Martinelli remarked: “What I say, I don’t remember! But Granit always says very positive things: to keep going, to keep the ball and try to attack in behind. These kinds of things. He’s the guy who always leads us on the pitch.”

A few weeks in the past, Martinelli additionally hailed the two-time FA Cup winner after Arsenal’s 3-1 victory over rivals Tottenham.

The 21-year-old stated: “Xhaka is an incredible lad. You see how a lot he dedicates himself to the staff, and the way a lot he cares concerning the match and the gamers as effectively – he’s positively one in all our leaders.

“Right after our first objective towards Tottenham, he calls everyone right into a huddle, asking us to remain calm and saying we’ll rating extra objectives.

“That’s when you see how important he is to all players. For young players like me and Bukayo [Saka], it’s very important to have a team-mate like him.”

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