The former captain of Arsenal, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, had a touching experience with Gabriel Martinelli that will "remain with him forever." says Martinelli
Martinelli has had a productive season thus far with the Gunners, earning him a spot in Tite's 26-man Brazil World Cup squad. Martinelli isn't the only Arsenal star on the squad, though; Gabriel Jesus, who has a strong start to the season in the Premier League, is also there.
After replacing Emile Smith Rowe in the starting lineup, the Brazilian winger has been instrumental in Mikel Arteta's team's success this season, contributing to seven goals in 20 games throughout the first half of the campaign. With the Premier League season scheduled to start on Boxing Day next month, Arteta's team has managed to open up a five-point lead over the defending champions Manchester City.
Martinelli recently discussed his decision to choose Arsenal over Manchester United and Barcelona in an interview with The Players' Tribune. He related a special encounter he shared with Aubameyang after the latter came at the Emirates Stadium in 2019. "I remember when I went to lunch, there was, for example, where I was terrified because I didn't know English," the Brazil international recalled.
"I would ask myself, "What would I say if someone sat next to me and spoke to me? I was ashamed because when someone speaks, you want to respond but are unable to.
"After I started eating, Aubameyang showed up. I pondered, "Now what?" He then took a seat next to me and began conversing with me in Spanish.
"A wonderful guy, I believe at that time... I was quite uneasy. It was something typical for him. It's possible that he doesn't even recall this, but for me, walking into the club, seeing Auba come over to talk to you, and sitting at the table with you will always be memorable."
Aubameyang led the Gunners until a dispute with Arteta caused him to lose the armband. Arteta was then sold to Barcelona in the January transfer window earlier this year. The 33-year-tenure old's at the Emirates Stadium came to an end after being disciplined for a number of offences. Aubameyang is now back in the Premier League after completing a Deadline Day transfer to Chelsea.
Even though the Gunners missed out on a top-four finish at the end of the previous season, they have gotten better and better since Aubameyang's departure. As the Brazilian currently strives for success at the World Cup in Qatar, Martinelli has been one of several factors that have sparked an increase in performances and outcomes.