Arsenal starlet Gabriel Martinelli beats out competition to bag Premier League award

Martinelli bags PFA award

Arsenal continues to grace the Premier League with gifted young talent and Brazilian starlet Gabriel Martinelli has received his just rewards after bagging the PFA Player of the Month award for December.

The Brazilian youth international made six appearances (all starts) for Mikel Arteta‘s Gunners in the Premier League, where he found the back of the net on three occasions while adding two assists across multiple influential performances.

While on his way to the monthly recognition, the Arsenal forward out-paced clubmate Martin Ødegaard as well as Leicester City’s James Maddison, Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling, Tottenham ace Son Heung-min, and Southampton standout James Ward-Prowse.

After his successful month, Martinelli now sits on nine goals for Arsenal in 41-appearances in the Premier League, and looks set to continue as a first-choice option for both now and the future on the left side of the forward line.

Brazilian starlet to feature against Liverpool

Gabriel Martinelli was named as part of a strong Arsenal XI as the Gunners prepare to clash with Liverpool in the first-leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final tie against Jürgen Klopp’s Reds at Anfield in just under an hour’s time.

Arsenal starlet Gabriel Martinelli beats out competition to bag Premier League award

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 15: Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal scores his teams first goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on December 15, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images)

Mikel Arteta opted to roll out his best-possible Arsenal lineup despite the North London Derby clash with Tottenham on Sunday, with academy graduate Bukayo Saka joining veteran French forward Alexandre Lacazette in lining up behind England youth international forward Eddie Nketiah.

Liverpool deployed in kind, however, with Klopp trotting out his strongest available team with only Sadio Mané, Mohamed Salah and Naby Keïta (on AFCON duty) as the notable absentees. The likes of Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino, Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold, and Andrew Robertson have all been given the nod in what is shaping up to be a tasty encounter on Merseyside.

This article was edited by
Conor Laird.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 21 40 53
2 Chelsea FC 21 29 43
3 Liverpool FC 20 34 42
4 West Ham United 21 12 37
5 Arsenal FC 20 8 35
6 Tottenham Hotspur 18 3 33
7 Manchester United 19 3 31
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 19 0 28
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 19 0 27
10 Leicester City 18 -2 25
11 Southampton FC 20 -6 24
12 Crystal Palace 20 -1 23
13 Brentford FC 20 -6 23
14 Aston Villa 19 -5 22
15 Everton FC 18 -9 19
16 Leeds United 19 -16 19
17 Watford FC 18 -14 13
18 Burnley FC 17 -11 11
19 Newcastle United 19 -23 11
20 Norwich City 20 -36 10
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 16
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 6
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 6
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 6
Jorginho Chelsea FC 6
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 6
Cornet, Maxwel Burnley FC 6


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