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Martinelli reluctant to accept praise following Manchester City win

Gabriel Martinelli, despite scoring the crucial goal, declined to take credit for Arsenal’s 1-0 victory against Manchester City on Sunday.

Martinelli returned from injury, coming off the bench at halftime, and found the net against Mancheser City in the 86th minute to break the deadlock.

The Brazilian winger had an immediate impact, registering Arsenal’s first shot on target just five minutes into the second half, before delivering the late goal.

The match appeared to be heading for a goalless draw before Martinelli’s moment of brilliance, which secured Arsenal’s first Premier League triumph over City in eight years and elevated them to second place in the standings, behind only Tottenham on goal difference.

Martinelli didn’t want to accept the praise for scoring the important goal, as he told¬†Sky Sports: “I am not the man. I think everyone has a part in this victory. And I scored the goal but it was the whole team and the staff and everyone. I am happy and the team is too.”

He added: “It gives more confidence [to us]. We know our potential and how tough it is to play against them. Today we beat them and it gives us more confidence to kick on.”

Manager Mikel Arteta also hailed the winger’s willingness to play despite his injury, saying: “Another player with big ones too. The physios weren’t having it and he said ‘I am ready to go’. Leo (Leandro Trossard) got injured and I looked to him and he was already ready to go.”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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