Barcelona ‘upset’ after failing to sign Arsenal striker Gabriel Martinelli


Gabriel Martinelli had a trial with Barcelona earlier this year (TGS Photo/REX) Barcelona are upset at losing out to Arsenal in the race to sign Gabriel Martinelli, according to reports. The Gunners landed the 18-year-old from Brazilian side Ituano in a £6 million deal this summer and the forward has been quick to make an impact for Unai Emery’s side. Martinelli has made nine appearances for Arsenal so far but he’s scored seven goals, including two in the 5-5 thriller against Liverpool in their Carabao Cup clash at Anfield last month. Before his move to Arsenal, Martinelli had a trial at Manchester United while he also spent time at Barcelona’s La Masia academy earlier this year. Martinelli has made a swift impact since he joined Arsenal in the summer (Getty Images) But the Spanish champions decided against signing Martinelli, which allowed Arsenal to move in and secure a deal for the striker. And according to Mundo Deportivo, Barca’s hierarchy are unhappy that they let Martinelli slip through the net, especially as he passed through their own academy just a few months before he opted to join the Gunners. Martinelli’s performances for Arsenal have also been praised by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. ‘He’s really unbelievable,’ Klopp said earlier this month. So young, looks so mature already, is a proper threat. Yeah, he looks like a really decent player.’

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