Arsenal winger Gabriel Martinelli is keen to claim the World Cup prize with Brazil in Qatar.
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The Brazilian’s career has risen greatly since moving to Arsenal some years ago from his native Brazil. This season, he has been excellent and was the difference in a couple of games before the World Cup break.
After winning gold with Brazil at the Olympics, the youngster is keen to win again with the Selecao.
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Speaking in an interview with the club’s media team, Martinelli is keen to make an impact in Qatar with the five-time champions.
“I was so happy when I was selected to be part of it in Japan,” he recalls. “The whole experience was fantastic, the level was high of course, but I didn’t feel out of place.
“I remember my dad always liked Dani Alves who has won just about every title there is, so it was amazing to go to the Olympics with him. You need to learn from players like that, look at how they behave and how they are in the dressing room, it’s a great example. It’s a gift, and it gives you more confidence as a player.”
“It’s a huge honour to win an Olympic medal,” he said, “and who knows maybe I can win another one in Paris [in 2024]! It was a wonderful experience, I cannot tell you how amazing it was, I want to thank all the fans who were behind us.
The winger also talked about his World Cup experience right from childhood.
“I was five for the 2006 World Cup, and I remember watching that, but my favourite memory of the World Cup is 2014, because it was in Brazil,” he added.
“I especially remember that goal scored by David Luiz, remember the free-kick against Colombia? I watched it at home – what a goal that was.”
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It is a good thing to aspire for success while going to a tournament with the national team. It will be a thing of joy for him to clinch the title in his young career.