Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has urged Gabriel Martinelli to use his two goals against Crystal Palace as a confidence boost.
Gabriel Martinelli had gone six games without finding the back of the net and started the game against Crystal Palace on the bench. The Brazil international came in the last 20 minutes and scored two identical finishes in injury-time in 5-0 win for Arsenal.
After the match on Saturday, Arteta said he hopes these goals help Martinelli to kick-start his season.
Arteta said: “I think that [these goals are] going to make him really good. Sometimes when you are in that period, and he had a little issue in the last few days in training so he wasn’t fully, fully fit. [scoring a brace] changes momentum, it changes perception, it re-energises you. It’s everything.”
The 22-year-old Martinelli scored 15 goals in the Premier League last season. He only had scored two goals in the league this season.
“It was so important. We know our qualities. It doesn’t matter what people say on the outside. we believe in ourselves,’ said Martinelli, himself, after doubling his Premier League goals tally for the season.
He added: “We showed that today and what we can do, We knew we needed a game like that where we had a clean sheet and scored five games.
“We will try our best and keep going like that because we know our expectation.”
Third-place Arsenal will play with Nottingham Forest and Liverpool in their next two league games.