Gabriel Martinelli has admitted that he was daunted by the prospect of arriving at Arsenal – having only previously seen his new teammates on TV or in video games.
The Brazilian winger joined the north London club back in July, and has featured just once in the league so far for the Gunners. However he appears to have settled in quickly, having shown glimpses of his talent during pre-season.
Martinelli credits his teammates with helping him adapt to English football so swiftly, but admits that he was nervous ahead of meeting them for the first time.
“I was received in the best way possible,” he told Brazilian website Lance. “Being very young, I got a little shy, because I only saw these players on television and in video games.
“The coach is a great person, and I’m learning a lot from him on a daily basis,” he added. “
“As it’s my first season, I want to show my potential to steady myself at the first team.