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Arsenal’s Bernd Leno hails Gabriel Martinelli as future world-class star

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Martinelli arrived at the Emirates from Brazilian third-tier side Ituano last summer, and the attacker has already hit the 10-goal mark since making the switch to England.

The teenager has quickly become a fan favourite in North London, and Leno believes that Martinelli has the right attitude to become a future superstar.

Speaking to SoccerAM, Leno said: “He can become a world class player. World class 100% because he has talent, he has quality.

“But I think his biggest strength is his mentality. He is working unbelievably (hard). I remember in our bad time when we struggled a lot, he was working so hard, he was one of the leaders and at 18 years old he came from nowhere, nobody knew him before and to play like this, to behave like this, is very good to see.

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“I think if he keeps going like this he will be an unbelievable player.”

Martinelli was recently listed among the top 10 of Football Talent Scout’s list of the top 50 teenagers in world football, alongside fellow Gunners Bukayo Saka and William Saliba.

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PICTURES: Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell join Chelsea training

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Chelsea returned to training today (Wednesday) at Cobham, and there were two new faces joining the rest of the squad, Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell. The two summer arrivals had yet to train with the squad since signing, dealing with quarantine (presumably) and heel injury issues, respectively.

It’s unclear if either will be fit and ready for this weekend’s match against Liverpool, but it’s still nice to see them in training with the rest of the group! (Those who played on Monday apparently had a lighter session, but were all out there nonetheless.)

There’s no word on how close Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic may be. Ziyech is probably still a couple weeks out with his knee problem, at least, but Pulisic was supposed to be close before suffering a potential setback with his hamstring late last week. Neither were pictured in training, and one would assume their presence would get emphasized had they been there.

Pointing the way Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

Pointing the way Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

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