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.
Luton are back on level terms! 🤝
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Gabriel Teodoro Martinelli Silva
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.
Arsenal performance and stats
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.