Martinelli details his many Man Utd spells which Arsenal have profited from

Gabriel Martinelli has admitted that Manchester United provided him with a huge career boost.

The Arsenal forward looks set to play a key role under Mikel Arteta after returning from long-term injury, and he credits his time training with the Red Devils as key to his development.

Although the 19-year-old had only been on the books of Corinthians and Ituano before his move to north London, he did spend time with United over a three or four year period.

Martinelli has now mentioned those periods after returning to action with Arsenal, and outlined exactly what he was able to learn about the English game.

"For three or four years, I used to practise at Manchester United. I would come to England, usually in the middle of the year, for about 15 or 20 days," he told the Mail.

"It was a great experience, because I could find how European players behaved, how they defend, how they attack, how fast it is in their game.

"I improved a lot and brought it all back with me to Brazil, always trying to secure my place in the team.

“My dream was to play in Europe and these practices in England helped me do it."

Arteta said back in December: “Gabi is another one that even in a moment of adversity you see him training and everything he brings and contributes to the team – his energy, his passion, his motivation – he is transmitting positive emotions to everybody.

“He tries and goes and goes again. He wants to score a goal and he is ruthless in training in every single action.

“So the more players you have to add, in the end that gets translated into what happens on the football pitch. Over time you will be stable.

“He is another one who brings something different to the team, and we need players like him.”

Martinelli is set to feature for Arsenal as they take on Newcastle in the FA Cup on Saturday.

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