Gabriel Martinelli’s Arsenal triumph turns to Luton heartache in a blunder

Gabriel Martinelli had opened the score at Kenilworth Road, but watchful Arsenal supporters saw him "bottling it" from a Luton corner to get the Hatters back into the contest.

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Arsenal supporters have criticized Gabriel Martinelli, the Brazilian sensation, for a drastic turnaround from hero to disappointment. He faced accusations of “bottling it” for Luton’s equalizing goal.

Initially, Martinelli had surged Arsenal ahead in the first half, raising expectations for a comfortable victory. Yet, at Kenilworth Road, Luton had their own plans, swiftly equalizing when Gabriel Osho brilliantly headed home from a corner minutes later.

Astute Arsenal fans observed Martinelli’s lapse, noticing he allowed Osho space in the box and refrained from challenging in the air. This triggered an immediate backlash from Gunners fans on social media.

“Appalling defending. Martinelli deserted his marker, allowing a free header,” vented one fan. Another echoed, “Martinelli should have done more; he relinquished our lead too quickly in what’s anticipated to be a fiercely contested game!”

“Martinelli needs to be more assertive, a free header like that is unacceptable,” remarked a third. A fourth criticized, “Losing the lead minutes after scoring.” And yet another fan expressed, “I admire Martinelli, but he didn’t even attempt to defend that…”

Fortunately, Martinelli found redemption as Arsenal regained the lead just before halftime, courtesy of Gabriel Jesus connecting with a delightful cross from the returning full-back Ben White.

Arsenal aimed to widen their lead in the Premier League standings on Tuesday evening. They held a two-point advantage over Liverpool before kickoff, a lead that could have extended to five points with Liverpool’s match scheduled for Wednesday.

With aspirations of clinching their first Premier League title in two decades after narrowly missing out previously, Martinelli remains a pivotal figure in Mikel Arteta’s attacking strategy.

Gabriel Martinelli

Gabriel Teodoro Martinelli Silva

Forwarder, Midfielder

BrazilBrazil

Age: 23

178 cm

kg

Season 2023/2024
Played 23 2 Missed
Minutes 1638 71.2 Avg
Goals 5 0.2 Avg
Assist 3 0.1 Avg
Attempt 82 3.6 Avg
Passes 630 27.484.5% AvgSucc
Yellow 1 0.0 Avg
Red 0 0.0 Avg

This season he played in total 13 times for 947 minutes for Premier League.

Gabriel Martinelli scored 2 goals for Arsenal. He procured two assists. He received 1 yellow card and no red cards.

His team is currently 1st in Premier League. In the last match Arsenal won 4-3 against Luton Town. The next match in Premier League will be against Aston Villa.

Arsenal performance and stats

Arsenal

Manager: Mikel Arteta
Rank 3rd
Win 17
Draw 4
Loss 4
Goals 58-22
Diff 36

Arsenal is currently 1st in the Premier League with 36 points.

In the last 15 games, it has won 11 times, drawn 3 times, and lost once. In its last match, Arsenal won 3-4 against Luton Town.​​

It has a positive goal difference after scoring 33 goals and conceding 14.​

Arsenal will play the next match in Premier League against Aston Villa on Saturday 9th of December in Birmingham. The prediction is Arsenal winning the match.​