Robert Pires names ‘educated’ Arsenal star who reminds him of himself | Football

Gabriel Martinelli came on for the last 12 minutes against Man City (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal legend Robert Pires says there is one player in Mikel Arteta’s squad that reminds him of himself, which is ‘educated’ star Gabriel Martinelli.

Pires, widely regarded as one of Arsenal’s greatest players, won two Premier League titles and two FA Cup trophies during his six-year spell at the club.

The Frenchman, who was mainly deployed as a winger, produced 85 goals and 61 assists across 284 appearances for the Gunners in all competitions.

Arsenal still have a huge place in Pires’ heart and the former Invincible sees a lot of similarities between himself and current star Martinelli.

‘Gabriel Martinelli looks like me,’ Pires told Media Carre. ‘He looks a lot like me because he’s a dribbler, he scores goals, and he is quick.

‘He makes good calls, he plays simply when it’s necessary to play simply, and he goes for the challenge when the challenge presents itself.

‘When he sees that he is one-on-one he plays for the team and that’s why I really like him. I know him a little bit, he’s educated, and he’s doing well at Arsenal, that’s for sure.’

Robert Pires with the FA Cup trophy

Robert Pires is a huge fan of Arsenal star Gabriel Martinelli (Picture: Getty)

Martinelli was on the bench for the 0-0 draw against Premier League title rivals Manchester City on Sunday but Arteta has hinted he may start against Luton.

The Gunners host the Hatters at the Emirates on Wednesday and ahead of the match, Gabriel Jesus has fired a huge warning to their other title rivals Liverpool.

‘Anything can happen,’ Jesus told Jurgen Klopp’s men, who currently sit top with nine games left. ‘It is only two points, the difference [with Liverpool], and then we have a very good goal difference. ‘This is the most beautiful part of the season.’


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